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Unformatted text preview: in which Meinertzhagen describes the locals denotes a general impression that Meinertzhagen did not think highly of those of non-European stock, and in many ways resembles the way one may refer about animals. Excerpts from An Embattled Colonial Officer in East Africa indicate very well the general mentality of most Europeans in this era of the 19 th century. Many Europeans of this time genuinely believed in the superiority of the Europeans over all races and believed it was their god given duty to civilize, Christianize, and change those races they believed to be under them (White Mans Burden). Meinertzhagens views were very much in line with those of Europe, and while disturbing to believe such nonsense could have been truly believed, it is critical to understand the viewpoints of imperialists, as the actions and consequences of European imperialism played a crucial role in the dictation of history around the world....
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- Spring '09