Colonialism by Norrie MacQueen

By Norrie MacQueen

A full of life, obtainable examine how the colonial guidelines and practices of some ecu international locations within the nineteenth century have had this kind of profound impression at the 21st.A compact available advisor to the intricacies of colonialism within the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and its impression at the future.Provides a clean interpretation of arguable events.engages with an open brain the argument that colonialism speeded up modernization and development.Includes a fascinating dialogue of the connection among today’s “humanitarian intervention” as apposed to the conventional colonialist ides of “the civilizing mission”.

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Throughout the first half of the eighteenth century there was a sequence of wars which, though European in origin, had profound effects on the balance of power in the colonial world. The major conflict, at least in terms of its longer-term consequences, was the Seven Years War fought between 1756 and 1763. In Europe the war was continent-wide, involving Prussia and Britain on one side against France, Austria and Russia on the other. But just as both World Wars of the twentieth century had their colonial battlefields, so the Seven Years War was also fought out between Britain and France in North America and in India.

Hobson (1858–1940) Hobson came from a prosperous provincial newspaper family, a background that shaped his future as a journalist and social commentator. After graduating from Oxford he became a schoolteacher. With his move to London in 1887, however, the contours of his later work began to emerge. The swirl of social and political ideas which he encountered in the salons of the capital in the last years of the nineteenth century encouraged the development of his world view. QXP 21/5/07 11:50 Page 28 ··· COLONIALISM ··· liberal preoccupations with economic and personal freedom).

His view of colonialism, set out in his 1902 work Imperialism: a Study, was characteristically as much a call for reform as an explanatory theory. Imperialism, he argued, was the inevitable (and undesirable) result of low wages and overproduction at home. Unable to find a market for the abundance of goods produced in Europe, industry sought out new markets and new investment opportunities in the colonies. The ‘problem’ of imperialism could therefore be ‘solved’ through higher purchasing power (wages) at home.

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