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By Norrie MacQueen

A full of life, obtainable examine how the colonial regulations and practices of some ecu international locations within the nineteenth century have had this sort of profound influence at the 21st.A compact obtainable consultant 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 an attractive dialogue of the connection among today’s “humanitarian intervention” as apposed to the normal colonialist ides of “the civilizing mission”.

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An economic proposition rather than a theory, mercantilism regarded the tropical colonies first and last as sources of national wealth. The maximum resource had to be extracted from colonial possessions. This could then be converted into bullion which, the mercantilists argued, was the only true measure of a nation’s wealth. QXP 21/5/07 11:31 Page 17 ··· EUROPEAN COLONIALISM BEFORE THE ‘NEW IMPERIALISM’ ··· mizing colonial productivity for conversion into gold and silver. But the national wealth accrued in this way had to be protected from competition.

If colonialism imported capitalism to feudal or even pre-feudal societies then they would arrive on the sunny uplands of communism all the sooner. As colonialism underwent the dramatic changes of pace and range of the late nineteenth century, however, a ‘Marxist’ theory more attuned to contemporary economic realities seemed to be called for. Lenin stepped forward to provide it. Like Hobson, Lenin argued that capitalism, having reached a critical stage, was ‘driven’ towards colonialism. Instead of investing and reinvesting capital at home, because of dwindling profits ‘finance capital’ was allowed to build up.

Colonial investors were now looking elsewhere. QXP 21/5/07 11:31 Page 20 ··· COLONIALISM ··· strengthened by its pioneering position in the sequence of European Industrial Revolutions. To those that had, would be given, was the guiding tenet of the new gospel of colonial free trade. Beyond its impact on the economics of empire, the Industrial Revolution also brought social changes to Britain which affected patterns of colonial expansion. Urbanization increased dramatically in Britain at the end of the eighteenth century.

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