Culture Clash

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Culture Clash by Marco Mujica IDH 2120, Valencia Community College Professor Frame 20 Nov. 2007
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Mujica Culture Clash War is the primary way civilizations chart history. Victorious countries reap the benefits of more land, resources and labor from their hosts. The benefits for the victors are obvious. What about benefits for the losers? Do these countries stand to gain anything from colonialism? When the ancient Romans took over Greece, they assimilated them into their economy and educational system, making them part of the greatness of Rome. Africa’s conquest had a somewhat opposite affect after its colonization by western powers. Western knowledge created both good and bad influences on Africa during its 19 th and 20 th century colonization. Countries like Algeria and Nigeria were transformed over the years by vast fountains of western knowledge that would both hinder and elevate Africans for generations. Algeria was a country created by French imperialism way before the western colonization of the 19 th century. In fact, France created trading ports in Algeria as early as 1659; St. Louis, now known as Senegal (“French”). It did not become one of the leading European colonial powers till after the West Africa Conference. Hosted on November 15, 1884 by Prince Otto von Bismarck, the “Iron Chancellor” of Prussia, this meeting involved the major European powers interested in African settlements; England, France, Portugal, Belgium and Germany. Bismarck gave a statement that would later be coined as the “White Man’s Burden”: Europe should not try to rule Africa, but to help it. The European nations, he explained, were morally obligated to bring Africa in line with the rest of civilization. As part of the effort to “help” this strange, little-known 2
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Mujica continent, Bismarck reasoned, increased European trade would greatly benefit the Africans. (Harmon) France adopted this mindset and colonized West Africa with “assimilation” as its goal,
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