Unit 4 Individual Project
By: Miranda J. Morales
The following essay will analyze and interpret the following quotation: “The confrontation of Western civilization with other peoples whose values were often dramatically opposed to the West’s…suggests that by the dawn of the twentieth century, the tradition and sense of centeredness that had defined indigenous cultures for hundreds, even thousands, of years was either threatened or in the process of being destroyed. Worldwide, non-Western cultures suddenly found that they were defined as outposts of new colonial empires developed by Europeans, resulting in the weakening of traditional cultural practices, political leadership, and social systems that had been in place for centuries” (Sayre, 2013, pp. 410-411). The essay will also explain what the “loss of centeredness” of culture would have meant for the African in the later 19th and earlier 20th century. Also provided is a discussion about the research the impact of Western or European cultures on the African. In addition to the discussions above, a description of what the selected non-Western culture was like prior to the late 19th century.
During the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’s the Western cultures had began to modernize with technology, communication and the military. The growth had given the Western culture political power and economic success in other cultures. As the Western culture reaped accomplishments, other cultures feared the change and the progression. Struggling with the influence of the western cultures the non western cultures had their own ways and their own values; they were not ready to take on neither change nor modifications, creating a decentering of their own culture, as they began losing their own identities.
Due to the globalization of the nineteenth to the twentieth century non -western cultures was faced with the influences of the western cultures, causing a decentering of their...
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