Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind: serialised in quotes XXXIV: How Europeans created one global world (with much brutality)

European imperialists set out to distant shores in the hope of obtaining new knowledge along with new territories.

The European imperial expeditions transformed the history of the world: from being series of histories of isolated peoples and cultures, it became the history of a single integrated human society.

What made Europeans exceptional was their unparalleled and insatiable ambition to explore and conquer.

Only in the 20th century did non-European cultures adopt a truly global vision.

For modern Europeans, building an empire was a scientific project, while setting up a scientific discipline was an imperial project.




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