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The Age of Empire: 1875-1914. Eric Hobsbawm (1989)

October 5, 2013

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“The most powerful cultural legacy of imperialism was, therefore, an education in western ways for minorities of various kinds: for the favoured few who became literate and therefore discovered, with or without the assistance of Christian conversion, the high road of ambition which wore the white collar of the clergyman, teacher, bureaucrat or office worker. In some regions it also included those who acquired new ways as soldiers and policemen of the new rulers, wearing their clothes, adopting their peculiar ideas of time, place and domestic arrangement . These, of course, were the minorities of potential movers and shakers, which is why the era of colonialism, brief even by the measure of a single human life, has left such lasting effects. For it is a surprising fact that in most parts of Africa the entire experience of colonialism from original occupation to the formation of independent states, fits within a single life time – say that of Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) .”

[op. cit., p. 79]

Manuel J. Matos‘s insight:

Sometimes, History is full of surprises …

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