Is imperialism really that bad?
Badarian culture is an “Egyptian predynastic cultural phase, first discovered at al-Badari…on the east bank of the Nile (EB).”
The article has a picture of various tools and utensils discovered by archaeologists, with the caption that they are in the British Museum.
As the British explored various parts of their vast empire they brought back thousands of artifacts and kept them in the British Museum. It is easy now to dismiss the British as nothing more than thieves, but I wonder if they served a valuable role after all.
We see now the resurgence of iconoclasts in the Middle East who systematically destroy cultural artifacts in the name of Islamic fanaticism. Is there not a moral good served by taking artifacts out of this region and keeping them in a place without turmoil?
I am reminded also of another thing the British imperialists did. They imposed a Christian view on India that forbade the burning of widows on their husbands’ funeral pyres. Was it really so bad to “impose” Western values on those who wished to burn women alive?