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Before I begin to discuss the question of the inevitability of the colonisation of Africa by the European powers I want to say that, colonisation as we know it; the taking over of a country

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Inevitability of the African colonisation Before I begin to discuss the question of the inevitability of the colonisation of Africa by the European powers I want to say that, colonisation as we know it; the taking over of a country by another country and the forcing on of a different culture, is always evitable. At least it should be. However we have to include the fact that we're all human beings which think their own good superior to the one of others, and of course that we're all creatures which are enormously curious of the unknown. Whatsoever there are obviously more reasons which lead to nearly a whole continent being colonised, economic reasons, social Darwinism, national prestige, Missionary and humanitarian impulses, Military advantages, the will of exploration and scientific discoveries. Looking at all these reasons schematically I'll convince you of the evitability of the colonisation of Africa. To begin with, one of the reasons for colonisation was economical. The industrial revolution taking place in 1750-1800 provided the need for cheap raw material and there was a surplus capital in Europe so people were looking ...read more.

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Moving from the superiority of one race to the superiority of different nations and their pride, brings us to the next point, National prestigue, which was another not less important aspect which lead to colonisation. After 1870 there was a constant we could call it rivallary of colonisation also known as the scramble for Africa all the European powers wanted to get a piece of the pie, meaning Africa, a continent which was already owned. Colonisation was extremely "popular" this got further strengthened by writer like Rudyard Kipling and Rider Haggard and AC Benson. Even Organisations were established to encourage governments to annex territory, for example in Britain "the Imperial federation League ". But to bring it back to our discussion we should really ask our self if something like a trend can be a reason for colonisation which is to be taken serious ?! So, evitable? Yes definitely. Also countries tried to regain their pride lost in wars, such as for example the French's loss of Alsace and Loreine in the Franco-Prussian war. ...read more.

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used like war tools, as little figures in a Game played by the European powers, a game which would never end, because the only aim was to get more and more. The final reason which for me is the most respectable and understandable is, the will of exploration and discovering the unknown, Burton and Speak discovered the lake Tanganyika and later the lake Victoria which is the source of the river Nile. Other famous explorers like Mungo Park, Henry Stanley and Livingstone discovered great rivers like the Niger the Zambezi and the Congo. The exploration of these rivers for the use of "fair" trade would have been a good aim,and although documents state the good will of explorers like Livingstone and fellows, at the end they only helped bringing on the process of colonisation which was maybe inevitable provided the beauty of Africa. In Conclusion, I ask my self a lot of question for example how the world would have been today without the colonisation, would Europe have become so wealthy today? Also I ask myself how far civilisation packed within colonisation is something positive?!? ...read more.

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