The provided quote by itself sounds as though the writer had some kind of stake or history in relation to these lost western traditions or practices. You can tell the writer comes from the Western civilization when speaking about this cultures centeredness. This quote almost sounds like a longing for the lost cultural practices, political leadership, and social systems. From reading this particular quote you can tell that come the twentieth century that worldwide cultures were changing due to the expansion of the Roman Empire.
For any given cultural group this loss of centeredness could have meant total annihilation of all practices and traditions. Especially with smaller groups it is very easy to be over shadowed by these ever growing practices and cultures. As many of the Europeans beliefs, political practices, and social systems were being adopted it is easy to imagine how this adaptation could almost or completely erase the memory of the replaced traditions.
“During the late 19th century and the early 20th century, European countries began their scramble for Africa which caused African to suffer from violence like wars, slavery and unfairness, but there was also a positive, peaceful and diplomatic consequences and events in Africa like fair trade system, new technology and the security given to Africans under European rule.” (The Scramble for Africa in Late 19th Century to Early 20th Century., 2012) The imperialism imposed on Africa caused many violent acts and a lot of suffering across the country. The Europeans made the African natives slaves and made them tend to their crops, during this time everything was taken away from these people.