AF 236- imperialism paper

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Colonialism and Imperialism in Africa Running Head: Changing Times in Africa Colonialism and Imperialism in Africa Berkley Dickson Africana Studies 236/ Sect. 006/ 3:40- 4:55 Final Paper: April 3, 2008 1
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Colonialism and Imperialism in Africa Colonialism and Imperialism in Africa First, lets start by defining what exactly colonialism is. Colonialism is the expansion of a nation’s control over territory beyond its borders by establishing settler colonies in which indigenous populations are directly ruled or displaced. These colonizing nations generally dominate resources, labor, and markets of the colonial territory (The Story 2008). The idea behind this is basically a system of direct political, financial and cultural interference by a powerful country in a weaker one. The idea of colonialism is often based on the belief of ethnocentrism. This is an idea that we have discussed in both Africana Studies 235 and 236. Ethnocentrism in this case is the belief that the ethics and ideals of the colonizer are superior to those being colonized ( Rosenfeld 1976). Europe and other countries did not stop and consider the needs and wants of African people when making decisions. Colonialism and Imperialism have distorted the essence of African cultural norms and Institutions. Between 1880 and 1910 Africa was divided up among the Europeans. This decision of dividing the land was not made in Africa but instead, in European capitals (Rosenfeld 1976). When researching Colonialism and Imperialism in Africa you should wonder: what the reasons behind Imperialism were, how this unfair treatment was spread, what was the Scramble for Africa, and what effects did this have on Africa in the long run. Reasons for Imperialism and how it Spread The reasons that European nations competed with others to gain colonies in Africa is obvious: Everyone wanted to gain power and high status at the benefit of Africa 2
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Colonialism and Imperialism in Africa and its people. It was the idea of the time that the more territory you were able to have control over in Africa, the more powerful they would become. The interests of the colonized were completely pushed to the side. The interest in Africa, specifically, was the presence of rich natural resources ( Rosenfeld 1976). Europeans needed to satisfy the material necessities of Europe. European nations could take the goods from Africa, bring
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