Announcement: I am staying home sick tomorrow. You will be watching Jared Diamond. If you're scheduled to come take the Post-Assessment, there is a stack of them on my desk in room 2410H
Today we talked about the process Europeans went through to colonize Africa. We talked about colonization in steps.
1st: Europeans weren't able to colonize Africa due to:
- Stable Kingdoms
- Advanced Technology (African Nations had guns!)
- Diseases such as malaria
- Rivers that flowed to the Oceans
2nd: Europeans engaged in the slave trade, leading to brain drain in Africa. This brain drain eventually destabilized African Kingdoms while also creating violence as African Kingdoms went to war to obtain guns.
3rd: The Industrial Revolution created a demand for raw materials, creating motivation for European colonization.
4th: Social Darwinism gave Europeans further desire to colonize
5th: White Man's Burden allowed Europeans to justify (wrongly) their actions through claims that they were helping African nations in the process.
Your homework (due Friday) is to critically read the attached article about Imperialism in Nigeria.