Empires and Enduring Artifacts

Here’s a new complaint against the European empires. Michael Mann says they left “cheap buildings”:

there are no great enduring cultural artifacts, the equivalent of Mayan temples, Roman arenas, or the Great Wall of China… Shoddy empires leave few traces.

(Sources of Social Power Vol. 4 p. 22)

This is more simple-minded anti-Westernism.

One of the great 19th Century buildings – Victoria Terminus, Bombay:



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