Table 3

The colonizer's model of the world

1Europe naturally progresses and modernises.
2Non-Europe naturally remains stagnant, unchanging, traditional, and backward.
3The basic cause of the European progress in the “European mind.”
4The reason for non-Europe's backwardness is a lack of that intellectual or spiritual factor.
5The normal (natural) way for the progress or modernisation of non-Europe is by the diffusion of the innovative and progressive ideas of Europe.
6The exploitation of the colonised compensates (only in part) the diffusion of the civilising ideas from Europe.
  • Source: Blaut J. The colonizer's model of the world. New York: The Guilford Press, 1993.