March 11, 2012

I mentioned Ethnocentrism 101 in my post today, so I thought it would be relevant to reblog this blog post, which illustrates the ideas really well. How can we really understand the other side if we don’t know what side we’re on ourselves….or even what fences one side off from another…


Am I the only one who was taught “world” history as if it were mainly European history? Throughout primary school, I scarcely learned anything about the rest of the world unless it involved the West in some way. Aside from some token references in textbooks – which were often glanced at or skipped anyway – it seemed that very little occurred in most of the world for most of human history. In fact, one gets the impression that Africa, the Americas, and much of Asia were devoid of history until the Europeans showed up.

Indeed, how many people can recall the civilizations that existed in Sub-Saharan Africa prior to European colonization – or if any civilization existed in the first place? How many people know anything substantial about the Aztecs, Mayans, and Incans other than that were conquered by the Spanish? The Persians, who constituted one of the most ancient and advanced civilizations in…

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One Response to “Ethnocentrism”

  1. Romney Says:

    Your blog is excellent, and I’m honored to be re-blogged. Your Ethnocentrism 101 post was an excellent anecdote in this regard.


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