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Europeans regarded the 20th century with a great deal of optimism believing that they would continue to dominate the globe culturally economically and technologically However any hope for peaceful political processes was soon dismissed as the early decades of this new century became the bloodiest riddled with wars and revolutions As the oppressed white working classes of Europe rose up against their elite administrators similarly many minority groups began to struggle for freedom It was exactly the armed conflicts of the 20th century which contributed to several changes in European social structure as new opportunities in the public sphere appeared for women during and after the world wars In addition these acts of aggression between European nations devastated the landscape and caused many fatalities demonstrating for the first time a perceived weakness in the European armor to people of colonized countries Worlds apart in terms of geography nevertheless the treatment of colonized people and the women of Europe closely resembled one another thus far Both groups were viewed as inferior to European males and also treated as property Virginia Woolfs A Room of Ones Own and Frantz Fanons The Wretched of the Earth exemplify the revolutionary changes in societal views during the 20th century as both comment on the oppression of these minority groups advocating for freedom by means of procuring an individual space or nation When one considers that Europeans viewed any native peoples as racially inferior it seems inconceivable to believe that even the Aryan women of Europe were treated with similar domination Both groups are viewed as property merely existing to benefit and promote the status of European males However colonized people represent the extreme as they are stripped of the human qualities in the eyes of Europeans At times this Manicheism goes to its logical conclusion and dehumanizes the native or to speak plainly it turns him into an animalWhen the settler seeks to describe the native fully in exact terms
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