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English Colonialism
Discusses the idea of British colonialism from a non-English perspective.
# 48852 | 2,629 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 19, 2004 in History (Asian) , History (British) , History (European) , History (General)

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This essay discusses the rationale for British colonialism from the perspective of other colonial powers from Europe. The European perspective is favorable to colonialism, the primary, albeit non-spoken, premise being assertion of superiority. The revisionist perspective, on the other hand, is one of revulsion towards imperialism. The lives of three symbols of colonialist power are illustrated in this paper: Lord Robert Clive, the first Governor General of India; Lord Charles Cornwallis, last Governor General of America; and Captain James Cook, the discoverer and first foreign, non-aboriginal purveyor of the newly discovered land of Australia. The paper shows that, although Britain's history might expound their virtues of martial and leadership abilities and their adventurous spirit, their exploits also resulted in untold hardships in the colonies they helped establish. The paper includes an annotated bibliography.

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"Ironically also, when much is made of the British Royalty that probably will stand the test of time, Britain was the first nation to demonstrate to the world that democracy was the best form of governance, bar none. This ideal put pay to entire eras of medieval serfdom. Self-determination of the common man, wherever practiced today, means that the people are relatively satisfied. Revisionist theories would predict, however that democracy as a concept was self-evolving and would have happened at some point in history, whether it happened with British or not."

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