How did a group of a few, small countries of Western Europe come to dominate the world for nearly years? They fought bloodily among themselves until as recently as 70 years ago. China, while not conquered, became powerless. Small kingdoms in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Africa were swept aside as an afterthought. How did the Europeans do it?
Motivation for European conquest of the New World
The big question: Why did the west dominate history for so long? - HistoryExtra
Well, a good part of my undergraduate degree concerned medieval Europe, so I know a bit about it. Or rather, knew a bit about it. So, doing the research for the article has been an interesting experience, because it has been a mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar. The reason for the unfamiliar element is that I now look at European history through a new prism.
Four historians offer their expert opinions An extended version of this article, featuring four more historians' opinions, appears in the first issue of BBC World Histories, on sale now. Home Period The big question: Why did the west dominate history for so long?
The Netflix series Sense8 offers an example of this understanding. The story is a fantasy of total global connectivity in the present day, and follows eight people who are scattered around the world, but linked telepathically. The opening credits contained shots showing the extraordinary cultural diversity of the world in which we live now. The wider temporal relevance of such global topics makes it strange that the study of global history has rarely included the millennium before despite a wealth of available evidence. There are several reasons for this marginalization.