Imperialization And Colonialism: The History Of Western Domination And Imperialism

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Through the balance of examining the history of Western domination and imperialism, evaluating contemporary issues that are a result from this history, and seeking ways in which to dismantle unsustainable economic and environmental systems, through individual action, we can work towards finding our place in a global community. Dr. Perry Bush’s lecture and John Isbister’s work on the history behind initial European domination and the affects imperialism set the stage. History matters because it explains why people are in the positions they are in today. Figuring out how the world has been shaped is a key in understanding how to fix the economic and environmental problems that the world faces today. Through the examination of two case studies, the effects of Western dominance that results in global inequities can still be seen today. Lastly, mindful action is proposed to deconstruct the unsustainable Western lifestyle.
Since the time that Europeans began to dominate the planet, many scholars attributed their dominance because of they had superior culture and faith. However, Bush, influenced by the work of Jared Diamond, a Pulitzer Prize author and professor of geography, offers evidence that reexamines this narrative and looks at the role geography plays in the rise of European dominance. Europeans’ geographic location was the primary reason for their rise to power. For example, by having access to animals that could be domesticated. Animal husbandry and connections with

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