Imperialism imposition of power on a group of people

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Imperialism: imposition of power on a group of people, extension of/creation of an  empire, hegemony Syncretism: combining different competing ideas of meaning or technology,  hybridism. Did European technology make imperialism inevitable? Pro: Advances in industry – needed resources from Africa Con: Many other political, social and economic factors What makes a technology “better”? Efficiency and Productivity Culturally relative Modernization Analyisis Became popular in 1950’s among historians constructing world histories Drew a sharp line between traditional and modern societies Cold War/Vietnam war made people abandon idea Led to Dependency and World Systems analysis Cannot understand modernity without considering role of imperialism and colonies Doesn’t take into account other systems of technology and economically deterministic How did the industrial revolution affect Africa more generally? Weapons successful only against people who did not have the same tech Egypt and Technology     Ismail Modernization – tried to replicate Europeanism, caused major debt Ottoman Empire, not Africans, that chose to modernize Western point of view of studying history Modern:       Use of western technology: infrastructure, ideologies, health care, government Individual rights, human rights, democratic Stability/standardized 
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Viability in the global economy Is History progressive? 9/30/10 Psychological Viewpoint Civilizing mission Superior way of living Survival of the fittest –Darwin Economic Viewpoint Africa has raw material Resources = stuff for industry Political Stay powerful Prevent us from warring with each other Nationalism Political treaty Banning Protective natives and Euros Natives need protection from Europeans Peace/heathen viewpoints
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