- Jul 8, 2019
I think Hispanic countries are in a similar situation that Arabic ones:I mean, that's also a result of actual geopolitics. India and China are, here, now, actual unified countres, and Europe is not (and has never been, and even partial unifications were mostly short-lived except the Romans), so there's an assumption that India and China are naturally unified civilization, and Europe is made up of a wide disparity of different people.
It's wrong, but it's a natural assumption given recency bias.
The Arab world is a bit of an exception, but the Arab World a)was famously united for a long, long, long time and b)is often lumped together in modern popular perception in a way almost no other part of the world is.
- Quite fast conquest of a huge area and population, followed by 300 year of direct domination.
- Forced religious conversion an subsecuent gradual acculturation (included language).
- From the perspective of the adverage outsider these countries seem to be very similar and from the inside there is an official recognition of a common history.
The main difference is that the fragmentation of Arabic Caliphates was older and dynastic related while the Spanish Empire suffered nationalistic "anti-homeland" movements, hence open "hispanic-pride" (proper hispanic not in the contradictory USA view of "hispanic") movements are worse perceived than "arabic-pride" demostrations.