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White Man’s Burden Who: Rudyard Kipling is the author of this poem; his works often expressed fascination with India, but he also firmly believed in imperial rule. He lived in northern India for the first 6 years of his life. He grew up speaking Hindi, and integrated easily with Indian subjects of the British empire. What: Poem written by Kipling Illustrated motives of imperialism o o French equivalent: mission civitisatrice Encouraged the United States to impose colonial rule in the Philippines. When : (1899) Early 20 th century. . Where: Africa, Asia, and other minor colonies. Why: Superiority “us vs them”; social Darwinism “service” burdensome-civilization, order, and cultural products. Connects to chapter regarding imperialism. o Industry: corresponds to industry due to the integration of culturally diverse societies. o Colonization: On the surface it appears to be a rhetorical demand towards white men to colonize and rule other nations for the benefit of those people o Imperialism and world power: This has become significant in representing Eurocentric racism as well as Western ambitions regarding dominance over the developing world. o Both the people and the duty may be seen as representing the “burden”. Christine’s White Man’s Burden Who : Rudyard Kipling wrote the poem. The ‘white man’ in the poem was referring to the United States and their conquest of the Philippines. What : When : written in 1899 during the time of European’s colonization of foreign lands (1800s and early 1900s) Where : Writer born in India, studied writing in England, and then returned to India where he wrote the poem. England’s colonization was happening in many places like Africa but more specifically in southern Asia like the Philippines where the poem is referring to. Why : History has stated that Kipling was a believer in philanthropy, or the donating of money or goods for a charitable cause. He wrote this poem in regards to the US Conquest in the Philippines. He wrote this trying to state that the Western culture had an obligation to help those in need, whether the wanted it or not. So he was trying to justify this conquest by expressing our obligation to others less fortunate. "White Mans Burden" meaning "Western Culture's obligation because of our power"
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It was taken as a phrase to sum up imperialist thought through a Western-centric viewpoint. Essentially, it argues that whites had the right and obligation to rule over and try to improve "lesser" cultures by converting them to Western ways. Maginot Line Who: What:
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