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[–] CaptainJeanLucPicard 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Not strictly a history book, but if you read Lawrence of Arabia's Seven Pillars of Wisdom he is extremely critical of the Arabs culture and character, despite having lived with them and learned their ways.

“They are a limited narrow-minded people whose inert intellects lie incuriously fallow. Their imaginations are keen but not creative. There is so little Arab art to-day in Asia that they can nearly be said to have no art… . They show no longing for great industry, no organisations of mind or body anywhere. They invent no systems of philosophy or mythologies.”

He didn't hate them, and respected many things about the medieval caliphs, but he definitely considered modern arabs an inferior race to white Englishmen. As well as being a great soldier he was extremely well educated. You will not get a modern scholar at his level of education making similar remarks about an entire group of people. They are his opinions, of course, but his own words are a primary source for any historian. Would they use them? I doubt it, not without trying to judge him by modern standards.

[–] Empire_of_the_mind 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Funny how literally every encounter throughout history with people's of different parts of the world come to the same conclusion people do now. Huh.

[–] Highonfire [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It's almost like they were right or something