If your point is that these practices have ended, you're mistaken. If it's that the moral standards that led to their condemnation are a recent development, this is also incorrect. For example, the idea that slavery is abhorrent can be traced at least to the mid 1500's, when the first laws prohibiting it
were issued. It's true that the terms "genocide" and "ethnic cleansing" belong to the 20th century, but that's no reason to avoid using them to describe earlier events and policies, any more than it's inaccurate to say that Leonardo Da Vinci designed the first machine gun
"Once the writer in every individual comes to life (and that time is not far off), we are in for an age of universal deafness and lack of understanding."
(Milan Kundera, Book of Laughter and Forgetting, 1980)
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