From the fifteenth century onwards Western Europe transformed itself from a backwater into the dominant power in the world, through the subjugation of most of the rest of the world, the theft of so much of the world’s wealth and production, the settler colonization of the continents of North America (British), South America (Spanish/Portuguese) and Oceania (British), and the colonization of Africa (various) , the Indian sub-continent (British) and South East Asia (various). At the start of World War 2 the “sun never set” upon the British Empire. Utsa and Prabhat Patnaik in
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