Classical Era in Latin America and Europe

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Although each classical civilization developed its own unique style of politics, culture and economies, the economic and social patterns in Latin America distinctly detached this civilization from any Western society, which accounted for obvious distinctions in both culture and politics. In politics, the most apparent feature of the Western Society was the creation of new political ideologies, resulting in neither an absolute or dictatorial structure. The instability of Latin American politics created a weakened structure, therefore creating limitations to regulate criminals, and landlords. Culturally, the Western Societies role of religion lost popularity, as nationalism and socialism provided competition for the church. But the Westerners excelled in literature, the arts and in science due to innovations from industrialization. While in Latin America, the Catholic Church continued to provide a key cultural adhesive throughout the Latin civilization. Economically, industrialization left an immense imprint on the shape of society in Western nations, as it produced a distinct social structure. With the rise of business opportunities and new professions, the middle class population grew drastically throughout this period. The Latin American economy depended mainly on their agriculture and consisted of each country developing a cash crop or mineral specialty, which allowed them to capture a specific market. Perhaps of the most obvious differences between these two civilizations was in their political beliefs. Two political forces constructed the new form of government in Western Society, known as Nationalism and Liberalism. Nationalists argued that the state should be linked to a single basic culture, and all other natio... ... middle of paper ... ... a great contrast to the most apparent feature of the Western Society. The Westerners created new political ideologies never seen before, resulting in neither an absolute or dictatorial structure. The Catholic Church still remained an intricate part of the Latin American life and continued to provide a key cultural adhesive throughout the Latin civilization, as the Western Societies role of religion lost popularity. The loss of interest in the church was partly because of the rising popularity nationalism and socialism provided as competition for the church. Lastly, The Latin American economy depended mainly on their agriculture and consisted of each country developing a cash crop or mineral specialty, while industrialization left an immense imprint on the shape of society in Western nations, by creating new specialty professions which required extensive training.
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