The Imperialist Thrust


africa1.gif (6789 bytes) To get a sense of how quickly the colonization of Africa occurred, click on the two maps--the left from 1880; the right from 1890. africa2.gif (10958 bytes)
This week, we'll be taking a look at imperialism in the late 19th century world, leading from the carving up of Africa (above) to the European penetration of Asia to the U.S. seizure of the Philippines and Puerto Rico. The central question: why did colonization occur when it did?



Sourcebook articles, Robinson/Gallagher and May--pp. 157-191.

documents--two, but pretty short:

Rudyard Kipling, White Man's Burden

The war in the Philippines and US popular culture