How have technologies mediated European influence in other parts of the world? And how did this mediation, in turn, transform Europeans?
By focusing on technology in European - non-European relations, Globalizing Europe presents a story of European colonialism that will leave you in awe. It turns colonialism into a vivid narrative of cultural clashes and cultural adoptions. European nations had high aspirations for expanding into the non-European world. They desired to map new lands and exploit these for European benefit. In the process, they established treaties of cooperation as well as elaborate colonial infrastructures like telegraph systems and huge railway networks. Quite opposite to most expectations, these cultural transfers were hardly unidirectional, and often a kind of Pidgin-knowledge emerged – a hybrid fusion of European and local knowledge and skills. By means of beautifully illustrated case studies, this book takes you to all corners of the world, from Africa to Australia and from Asia to America.