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  • The influencing of the customs and practices of westernized societies on non-Western civilizations. Westernization includes the process of assimilating dominated societies into Western cultures. Westernization emerged in the mid-19th century with the colonization of India, when the British embraced a vision of world domination. At this time, other western European nations, as well as Russia and later the United States, were also seeking dominion over foreign nations. The British, however, took the lead and formed the model for other powerful nations to follow. This process was intended to promote freedom, justice, and peace, on the one hand, and demonstrate the raw power necessary to reshape the world in one's own image, on the other.

    Scholars have questioned how the West came to dominate the rest of ...

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