Essential Questions •What is imperialism? •What were the motives that caused the growth of imperialism in Africa in the 1800s?•What were the different types of imperialism and the methods used by imperializing colonies to manage their colonies?
Do Now: Primary Source Analysis •Break up into groups of four•Each group will be given one of two separate primary sources •With your group, mark up (highlight, annotate, ect) your source and answer the questions on the worksheet •Using your source, and any previous knowledge you may have, answer the following question:•Would you support Imperialism? Why or Why Not? •Record your group’s response on the white board, referencing your document! You do not have to agree with the POV seen in your document, but you can still find a way to reference it!
Primary Source 1: Paul Leroy-Beaulieu: On the Desirability of Imperialism (1891) It is impossible not to consider imperialism as one of the tasks imposed on the civilized states for the last four centuries, more particularly on our age. The present-day world is composed of four different categories in terms of types of civilization. First is that of Western civilization--our own part.A second part is inhabited by people of a different civilization, but organized in compact, coherent and stable societies and destined by their history and present character to govern themselves--the Chinese and Japanese peoples for example.In the third part live peoples advanced enough in some respects, but ones which have either deteriorated or ones that have not been able to....Finally, a great part of the world is inhabited by barbarian tribes or savages, some given over to wars without end and to brutal customs, and others knowing so little of the arts and being so little accustomed to work and to invention that they do not know how to exploit their land and its natural riches. They live in little groups, impoverished and scattered, in enormous territories which could nourish vast numbers of people with ease. This state of the world implies for the civilized people a right of intervention . . . In the affairs of the peoples of the last two categories.
Primary Source 2: Mark Twain, Returning Home, an article in New York World (1900) You ask me about what is called imperialism. Well, I have formed views about that question.I am unsure if our people are for or against spreading themselves over the face of the globe. I should be sorry if they are for it, for I don't think that it is wise or a necessary development. We have no more business in... any other country that is not ours. There is the case of the Philippines. I have tried hard, and yet I cannot for the life of me comprehend how we got into that mess. Perhaps we could not have avoided it -- perhaps it was inevitable that we should come to be fighting the natives of those islands -- but I cannot understand it, and have never been able to get at the bottom of the origin of our resentment towards the natives. I thought