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The Rise of Liberalism and the Race for Africa
A discussion on the rise of liberalism in 19th century European politics and the colonization efforts known as the "Race for Africa".
# 134502 | 750 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in History (African) , History (European - 19th century)

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The thesis of this paper is that one of the greatest ironies of the triumph of liberalism in European politics in the 19th century was that it paralleled the most extreme imperial ventures of European involvement in Africa during that period, a series of colonization efforts that came to be known as the "Race for Africa" or the "Scramble for Africa."

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"Liberalism is a long-standing political theory which has its modern origins in the 18th century "Enlightenment," a movement of mainly French philosophers and intellectuals who first began to question the primacy of the monarch and the church. In place of the absolute rule of divine right, they championed the power of the sovereign individual, and in place of the church's demand for faith and obedience they advocated reason and mutual self-interest. Led by exponents such as John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Adam Smith, liberalism, as its name implies, founded itself upon the basic concept of the individual who is free by nature, equal to every..."

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