Why did the euorpeans treat everyone including other euorpeans so harsh?

You read about euorpean history and what they did to each other and other people was so bad. I know different cultures and poeple were bad too like the aztecs and arabics but the euorpeans did everything so much worse then everyone else.


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  • Europeans are no better or no worse than any other culture of the world. Check out this list of genocides through the past 150 years alone:
    http://endgenocide.org/learn/past-genocides/

    There have been TONS of terrible events throughout human history from all kinds of cultures. Here's another list of some of the dictators/political military leaders who've been involved in the killing of many citizens: www.ranker.com/.../barbara-gaston

    The book guns, germs, steel explains why imperialism, if you mean that specifically, was the cause for some of the lopsided effects of that period of time, however. Basically, access to guns, different diseases and resources like steel helped some cultures explode faster than others, leaving the less developed nations at the mercy of the stronger ones.

    But atrocity has been going on all over the world since... forever? Here is a pretty extensive list of genocides on wikipedia:

    You'll see there are Russian. Chinese, African, North and South American, European, Middle Eastern, etc.

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    • Oops, here is the wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocides_in_history

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    • That's a good question! I would guess that all of those things play a part.

    • A combination of it all does make sense doesn't it.

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  • For many reasons but the main reasons were due to different beliefs, desire for power/wealth and the fact that Europeans and their Empires were always in very close proximity within one another. Having conflicting beliefs and being forced to be neighbors with one another is a recipe for chaos and conflict. I mean look at Africa and the Middle East. They are a prime example of what happens when this combination occur. Add in resources, religion and advancement in technology and you get constant war, which explains about 95% of Europe's history.

    Europeans were very awful to one another but even worst they were even awful to other sects of people that resided within others continents, especially in Africa which they contributed in decimating from top to bottom. This colonization was due to the same reasons listed above however this time the belief in racial hierarchy was added in.

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    • What effect did all this war and disease have on euope. What im talking about is like the evolution of euorpean people. I always thought thats why so many euorpeans were always so healthy and big because if you had to. be in order to survive all those years.

    • The effect of wars and the fact that Europeans were in close proximity within one another allowed them to advance much quicker from a technology standpoint then other societies especially those in Africa and the Americas. War has a history of making societies create better strategies and more sophisticated technology that can be used in the next war. Add this to the fact that they were geographically close to one another which allowed for this technology to spread across the continent at a much faster pace and you get a region that can exploit less advanced societies.

      The diseases allowed the Europeans to eventually become less susceptible to those diseases later down the line, such as smallpox and it also made the Europeans at the time place more importance on modern medicine and less on astrology and superstition.

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  • If you're talking about the medieval times, this is mostly due to christianity. If you mean something else, you have to be more specific...

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  • Well the us has done a lot of shit to other countries since its comparatively short time of existence...

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  • Christianity had them fucked up.

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  • ... Alrighty then.

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  • Europeans were no worse than anyone else.

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  • Virtually everybody oppressed their neighbors to whatever extent they could manage it, if they could see any advantage to themselves in doing so. Europeans are completely normal in that respect. They were just 'better' at it.

    Europe had three things which made them more effective and more inclined to oppress other people. Constant competition in war between relatively small states, this made them very good at war. A society where an individual though wealth could acquire social distinction, comfort and power. This made them extremely aggressive in the pursuit of wealth. Technological advance, fueled largely by war and acquisitiveness gave them tremendous power to interfere with other people even across great distances.

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    • Thats the best explanation so far, good jobs. You think that had a effect on euorpeans on a evoltion basis. Like, are euorpeans more adapt to fighting because all the struggle. So, what im asking you is if you think that changed the way euorpeans developed from other people.

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    • So basically christisnity vastly shped european culture about equality, fathfullness all the good stuff. But it also made them warlije because they were in conpetitiob with their neigbors. Do you thibk in todays world, countries working together is the new way of doing things.

    • No, I think there is just as much competition as ever, it's just the weapons have become so dangerous, force has to be used judiciously or it will spiral out of control. The big change has been the rise of international corporations who wield tremendous power and have a love/hate relationship with war. On the one hand they like selling weapons, on the other war messes up the economy. Ideally they would like everyone to be armed to the teeth but never actually fight much and need to have their old weapons replaced every few years.

      Their power can be gauged by how well they have gotten what they want.

  • They were being led differently.

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