An introduction to the effects of colonization

This situation was compounded by commercial conflicts between Europeans and Africans. Rights with regards to traditional lands, resources, and cultural language are denied to many populations, as groups that were marginalized under colonial occupation continue to be marginalized under postcolonial governments, most notably indigenous populations such as in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, the Ashaninka of Peru, and the indigenous peoples of West Papua.

In practice, the French system combined elements of direct administration and indirect rule.

During and after the Berlin Conference various European countries sent out agents to sign so-called treaties of protection with An introduction to the effects of colonization leaders of African societies, states, kingdoms, decentralized societies, and empires.

Use the following to cite this article: Colonial and Soviet Expansionism Western colonial expansion began during the 15th century when Spanish and Portuguese explorers conquered "new" lands in the West Indies and the Americas. One way to resolve this problem was to acquire colonies and export this "surplus population.

However, since France would not provide the educational system to train all its colonized subjects to speak French and would not establish administrative and social systems to employ all its subjects, assimilation was more an imperialist political and ideological posture than a serious political objective.

It was cheap and convenient. Assimilation The French, for their part, established a highly centralized administrative system that was influenced by their ideology of colonialism and their national tradition of extreme administrative centralism.

Certain populations were denied their political, economic, social, and human rights. In the case of Ethiopia, the imperialist intruder was Italy. This was the approach used by the Igbo of southeastern Nigeria against the British. At the provincial and district levels the British established the system of local administration popularly known as indirect rule.

November "All the new nations faced severe problems, for political independence did not automatically bring them prosperity and happiness Second, they were bureaucratic because they were administered by military officers and civil servants who were appointees of the colonial power.

The nineteenth century was a period of profound and even revolutionary changes in the political geography of Africa, characterized by the demise of old African kingdoms and empires and their reconfiguration into different political entities. Consequently, hostilities between the two groups escalated to the point of violence.

While France tried to maintain this highly centralized system, in some parts of its colonies where it encountered strongly established centralized state systems, the French were compelled to adopt the policy of association, a system of rule operating in alliance with preexisting African ruling institutions and leaders.

For this last tactic he acquired arms, especially quick-firing rifles, from European merchant and traders in Sierra Leone and Senegal.

In the Midst of a Host of Crises. While these were used as needed by African forces, the dominant type used depended on the political, social, and military organizations of the societies concerned.

For Europeans, these treaties meant that Africans had signed away their sovereignties to European powers; but for Africans, the treaties were merely diplomatic and commercial friendship treaties.

But even here the fact that the ultimate authority was the British officials meant that the African leaders had been vassalized and exercised "authority" at the mercy of European colonial officials. The Colonization of Africa Ehiedu E. Eventually the overriding economic factors led to the colonization of other parts of Africa.

Many post-Soviet states e. In the association system, local governments were run with African rulers whom the French organized at three levels and grades: Instead of professional soldiers, small groups of organized fighters with a mastery of the terrain mounted resistance by using the classical guerrilla tactic of hit-and-run raids against stationary enemy forces.

It developed in the nineteenth century following the collapse of the profitability of the slave trade, its abolition and suppression, as well as the expansion of the European capitalist Industrial Revolution.

The Colonization of Africa

In the colonial capitals the governors were responsible to the minister of colonies in Paris. After discovering that they had in effect been defrauded and that the European powers now wanted to impose and exercise political authority in their lands, African rulers organized militarily to resist the seizure of their lands and the imposition of colonial domination.

Sri Lanka is an example of how the unequal distribution of wealth during colonial times, continues to affect ethnic relations today. As Italy intensified pressure in the s to impose its rule over Ethiopia, the Ethiopians organized to resist. United States Institute of Peace,p.

Unequal Distribution of Resources The practice of favoring one ethnic, religious, racial, or other cultural group over others in colonial society, or of giving them a higher status, helped to promote inter-group rivalries, and often contributed to the unequal distribution of resources.

Issues Affecting Postcolonial and Post-Soviet States By the s, after years of fighting for independence, most Western colonial territories e. The new independent nation, equally ruled by Greeks and Turks, soon was embroiled in ethnic conflict.

These social problems developed partly because not all people could be absorbed by the new capitalist industries. The source of many of these protracted conflicts, in large part, lies in past colonial or Soviet policies, and especially those regarding territorial boundaries, the treatment of indigenous populations, the privileging of some groups over others, the uneven distribution of wealth, local governmental infrastructures, and the formation of non-democratic or non-participatory governmental systems.

It continued for over years, and ended with the start of the first World War. The British colonizers, unfamiliar with these novel and unique political systems and insisting that African "natives" must have chiefs, often appointed licensed leaders called warrant chiefs, as in Igboland, for example.

There was usually a governor or governor-general in the colonial capital who governed along with an appointed executive council and a legislative council of appointed and selected local and foreign members. It was a pragmatic and parsimonious choice based partly on using existing functional institutions.

Favored or privileged groups had access to, or control of, important resources that allowed them to enrich their members, at the expense of nonmembers.Colonization, Globalization and Language Vitality in Africa: An Introduction Salikoko S. Mufwene and Cécile B. Vigouroux Historical Background The word colonization in the title of this chapter is intended to conjure up the.

The Colonization of Africa Ehiedu E. G. Iweriebor – Hunter College. Between the s andAfrica faced European imperialist aggression, diplomatic pressures, military invasions, and eventual conquest and colonization. Transcript of Effects of Colonization on the New World.

Effects of Colonization

Effects of Colonization on the New World England's colonization of the new world had drastic effects on the native peoples, the environment, and also the colonists themselves. the introduction of Christianity to the native population, and the expulsion of the natives from their land.

The Effects of Colonization on Modern African Cultures In November -Europe met for The Berlin Conference in which Africa was sub-divided giving each current European powers a part to govern.

This scrabble for Africa was an official degradation of all African future political power and present government. The Effects of Colonization in Africa. Topics: Colonialism, The introduction of the Christian religion also impacted the natives severely.

Arguably the most powerful effect of colonization, however, was the effect of disease, which decimated the native population. Effects of Colonization.

By Sandra Marker. and their lingering effects. Colonial and Soviet Expansionism. Western colonial expansion began during the 15th century when Spanish and Portuguese explorers conquered "new" lands in the West Indies and the Americas.

It continued for over years, and ended with the start of the first World War.

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