We live in a European world. It is a multicultural and multiracial world, to be sure, but most of it has been colonized at some point by one European power or another, and most people today live in societies that are either based on the European (that is, Western) political and cultural tradition or influenced by the norms and values of that tradition. The ‘world culture’ described by the American political scientist Lucien Pye (1966) is ultimately European in origin, and the terms Western and European are ultimately synonymous.
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