But this one-dimensional interpretation is incorrect!DOCTORIS SCIENTIA
I was recently pondering the current situation in international ACADEMIA, and the impact of "Europe's" rise politically, economically and socially in the last 500 years or so on the global perspective on history and regional importance. But, since such a topic based on a overly broad perspective of the above points mentioned seems completely outlandish. I've chosen to start a topic solely discussing the one dimensional aspect of Northwest Eurasian or "European" civilization, and it's striking contrast with other regions or "continents" on this point, specifically Africa.
The term "Western civilization" is often used as a sense of pride for people of European descent, in regard to their so called superior advancement and accomplishments. But, in a way, it undermines it, since it creates a one dimensional theme in which limits the term "civilization" in the case of Europe.
The Minoan civilization is often regarded as the principal culture in which the rest of the Western civilization grew out off. But, from what I can understand the Minoans were not exactly of European descent, via Greece; but instead draws from both
Antolian and African populations and cultures. The Minoans are therefore distinct from later periods, i.e. the Mycenaeans and Classical Greece. And with that regard are only tied to Western Civilization via geography.
Western civilization is often regarded as a continuous product.
You see a continuous process beginning with the Mycenaeans, gradually progressing into traditional or Classical Greece, which then influences and partially impacts Rome ( Roman civilization can be seen as a mixture of both indigenous "Italic" cultures and those of Greece, and a possible Anatolian injection), which then with the fall of Rome ends up being completely borrowed or copied by other Europeans, i.e. Germanic, Celtic, and Slavic populations, who for the most part, historically, lacked any degree of "civilization". These Romanized populations, who later fall into the influence of Moorish, Central Asian, and Southwest Asian "Arab" civilizations, evolve into the modern European states of today. All in all, this process defines European or Western civilization... one spark, one wildfire.
Therefore "One Dimensional"!
And even worse is the fact that the spark isn't exactly European to begin with.
Not only were the Myenaeans and Classical Greece influenced by Syro-Hittite, Assyrian, Phoenician and Egyptian cultures, etc. Not to mention the influence of the Minoan civilization on mainland Greece.
Greeks in general, both historically and present, link more closer to Southwest Asian populations then they do with peoples to the north and west of them, except in the case of some Balkan populations, i.e. Albanians and Macedonians, and Italian populations due to admixture and contact.
Greece and the southeastern region of the mythical continent of Europe, not Turkey, should be recognized at the transition point between Northwestern Asia "Europe" and Southwestern Asia "Middle East"... due to the fact that they share partial linkage with both groups, genetically, culturally, and to an extent linguistically... with Greece being more Southwest Asian then "European".
No one can deny the parallel evolution of both Greece and Anatolia or Turkey.
Also of note..
With the collapse of Rome, European civilization again added non-European influences into it's so called complex in the centuries to come falling the demise of Rome... to the south in regard to African Moors, to the East it was inflicted by Central Asian populations and Islamic Southwest Asians.
It ignores the importance of SE European civilizations older than Minoa (which was European, by the way, not mixed---Minoa was primarily an offshoot of Vinca).