In this episode, Maria Paula Diogo and Dirk van Laak, authors of the book "Europeans Globalizing", reflect upon the views of non-Western countries on European technologies and innovations and how this has mediated European influence across the world.
The episode begins with a story of the book ‘Occidentosis- A Plague From the West’ by Iranian novelist Jalal Al-e-Ahmad. Published in 1962, he condemned the prevailing 'Euromania' is his country. He perceived the intoxication of people with ‘the West’ as an illness transmitted by Western mass culture and technology - a strategy comparable to the Trojan horse. His book represents a wide-spread concern that is still relevant today: How can European or Western achievements, especially in science and technology, be adopted without succumbing to European values and attitudes?
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The authors address the question of how the allure towards Western technology from a non-European perspective can be understood as they discuss the often dual perception of Western technology as a Trojan Horse and as a source of power. They assess how we can use this historic information to better assess the present.