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FROM THE SERIES ON RADICAL DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATION INITIATIVE 

A thought on the western-centric view of the world and the contemporary narratives of economics and neocolonialism 

History and historical geography as it is taught, written, and thought by Europeans today, lies, as it were, in a tunnel of time. The walls of this tunnel are, figuratively, the spatial boundaries of Greater Europe. History is a matter of looking back or down in this European tunnel of time and trying to decide what happened where, when, and why....Non-Europe (Africa, Asia east of the Bible Lands, Latin America, Oceania) receive significant notice only as the venue of European colonial activities, and most of what was said about this region was essentially the history of empire.
— JM Blaut, The Colonizer's Model of the World: Geographical Diffusionism and Eurocentric History
Postmodernism has brought about a sweeping change in how we understand the world. In the good and the bad olden days what we saw wa…

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