Non Western Cultures, Europe And The United States

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Non-Western cultures, Europe and the United States were deemed by confrontations on different grounds. The 18th century proved to be a conflicting timer period for the Western nations and the Chinese due to their hostility towards each other (Sayre 974-975). The Western nations exerted their supremacy over the Chinese through the help of their defense system. Furthermore, by the 19th century colonization by the Western nations within China debilitated the traditional cultural, political and social ideologies (Sayre 974). Moreover, the Chinese implemented strict regulations on trading as the Chinese had to tolerate the European traders yet, trading continued between the nations but on a limited basis (Sayre 974). Trading proved to be highly important for the Westerners, especially the trading of opium, however, the Chinese pushed for an embargo on the opium trade (Sayre 975). In addition, the Westerners didn’t appreciate the efforts carried out by the Chinese in order to halt the trade of opium. Further, the official Chinese Commissioner Lin Zexu seized the opium, destroyed it and proscribed it from being traded (Sayre 975). The actions carried out by the Chinese led frustration to develop, especially in Britain who contemplated the ban as an illicit infraction of the freedom of commerce (Sayre 975) causing Britain to declare war and suppressing China (Sayre 975). Nevertheless, other nations such as India also faced the domination exerted by the European colonization pushed for a confrontation to develop between the continents. For instance, the Indian traditional cultural and social practices felt jeopardized (Sayre 960) under the power of European imperialism. Also, due to the growth of the colonial empires by the European contin... ... middle of paper ... them into a state of destitution (Sayre 1107). Furthermore, conflicts rose within the North American continent due to territorial and westward expansion. The expansion into the Western frontier by European-American settlers led to confrontation between the Native Americans residing within the area as fight over land exploded leading to a clash of different cultures (Sayre 1050). The settlers wanted to gain control of the land for beneficiary purposes such as trade as well as being able to sell the land for monetary growth (Sayre 1050). However, the Native American culture supported the ideology of connecting with the nature while avoiding transformation and trade in order to maintain stability (Sayre 1050). Due to this, objections rose leading to the implementation of the “Indian Removal” policy, which further facilitated the start of the Indian Wars (Sayre 1048).
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