The Civilized World

For those who are following along with my Civil War reading, I just finished Weevils In The Wheat the other day. I'm backtracking some to read The Glorious Cause,  Robert Middlekauf's history of the American Revolution. Early in the first chapter Middlekauf points out that much of continental Europe saw the English as uncultured barbarians. I found that fascinating given that the English thought that the same of the Americans, and white Americans thought the same of blacks. I guess someone has to be in need of civilizing. Could be the swarthy Italians, or the simian Irish.