Voyages of discovery and settlement
When the White explorations of Africa, North America, Australia, New Zealand, Central and South America, India, China and Japan, are reviewed by most historians, very often the most important factor which gave rise to this era is deliberately ignored: the staggering disparity in technology between the White explorers and the native peoples is the only reason why it was the Whites who explored and colonized the rest of the world, and not the other way round.
That this is so will come as no surprise to readers of this book: already the examples of the Hunnish, Mongol, and Turkish invasions of Europe have been reviewed: the only reason why these non-White races managed to overwhelm the Whites in those examples was because they were simply stronger than the Whites they encountered.
This principle of “might being right”, has in fact governed all great historical events, and applies equally to the period of White exploration and settlement of the rest of the world, with the only addition to this rule being that the numbers of Whites needed to accomplish this task was not quite so large, due to the massive technological superiority which Europe had built up.
The issue of technological superiority, or on its flip side, inferiority, is therefore crucial to understanding not only the events of the era of White exploration, but also to understanding the attitudes of those undertaking the exploration and conquests: without such an understanding (deliberately ignored in most historical works) the whole era of exploration seems pointless and disjointed, both of which it was not.
Kemp embarks to describe the massively technologically inferiority of Africa; the most underdeveloped tribe on earth—Australian aborigines—; the relatively advanced cultures of India and China; and the existence of cannibalism as an accepted part of the religious rituals in pre-Columbian America and how the bloody Amerinds built cities without wheeled vehicles.