The Disaster, Man-Made or Natural
January 17, 2020
ABDOMINAL ASSESSMENT
January 17, 2020

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 2, 4 of contemporary world history 6th edition by Duiker, William J.
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook)

See additional required resources within the option instructions.

Instructions
For this assignment, select one of the following options:

Option 1: Imperialism
The exploitation of colonial resources and indigenous labor was one of
the key elements in the success of imperialism. Such exploitation was a
result of the prevalent ethnocentrism of the time and was justified by
the unscientific concept of social Darwinism, which praised the
characteristics of white Europeans and inaccurately ascribed negative
characteristics to indigenous peoples. A famous poem of the time by
Rudyard Kipling, “White Man’s Burden,” called on imperial powers, and
particularly the U.S., at whom the poem was directed, to take up the
mission of civilizing these “savage” peoples.

Read the poem at the following link:

  • Link (website): White Man’s Burden (Links to an external site.) (Rudyard Kipling)

After reading the poem, address the following in a case study analysis:

  • Select a specific part of the world (a country), and examine
    imperialism in that country. What was the relationship between the
    invading country and the native people? You can select from these
    examples or choose your own:

    • Belgium & Africa
    • Britain & India
    • Germany & Africa
    • France & Africa
  • Apply social Darwinism to this specific case.
  • Analyze the motivations of the invading country?
  • How did ethnocentrism manifest in their interactions?
  • How does Kipling’s poem apply to your specific example? You can quote lines for comparison.
  • Posted: 18 days ago
  • Due: 06/01/2020
  • Budget: $10

 

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