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The Effect Of Colonialism On The World

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Sometime I think about the problems and effects that colonialism have caused in the whole world. Is it good or bad? “Colonialism has always had a bad reputation” (1). I suppose in essence, for the people being colonized, it cannot be a good thing. The world wide scramble for colonies, particularly in the late 19 early 20th centaury, had a tremendous negative effects on the economic, social, and political structures of indigenous, non-industrialized people. The idea of colonialism is to take resources from one country to use for the benefit of the colonizing country. “Colonialism is the extension of a nation's sovereignty over territory and people outside its own boundaries, often to facilitate economic domination over their resources, labor, and markets. The term also refers to a set of beliefs used to legitimize or promote this system, especially the belief that the mores of the colonizer are superior to those of the colonized.”(2). Some may argue they did it out of religion: to spread the gospel. But in reality, it comes from the power to fight back within Europe. It is a competition in resources, military muscles, political programs, at a time when Europe began its successful age.
One thing for sure, all colonized countries go through a period of downward fall after freedom. But if we look at the world today, some interesting developments appear. While some countries took what they learnt from their colonizer, i.e. technological advancement, and used it to its own advantage, some even manage to exceed its past dictatorship. On the other hand, there are countries which struggled or is still struggling, in civil wars, in economic disturbances, and various other problems. What is often used as scapegoat for these countries' current reality is, Colonialism. If the European men did not come to these country and damage everything, If the European men did not take away these country’s natural resources, If the European...

Another thing that has caused a lot of trouble within the lives of the natives is in the area of education. For many natives the history of their country before colonization is very confusing. They have been schooled from day one on the histories of their European victors, but rarely is the history of the native cultural even discussed. This reminds me of the point made in Jamaica Kincaid’s novel “A Small Place” in which she comments about getting a day off from school for Queen Victoria’s birthday. In the book Kincaid states that most of the people on the island of Antigua don’t even realize why they have been given a holiday.
This type of confusion is typical in dealing with the relationship between colony and colonizer. It is however easy to sympathize with the colonizing country, because they are teaching the only thing they know. They can’t teach about the native culture, because they have no clue of the history. In fact probably the best method would have been to leave the history part of education in the hands of the...

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