Jules Ferry – On French Colonial Expansion
Author: Jules Ferry was born April 5, 1832, in Saint-Dié, France. He was educated as a lawyer. Before serving two terms as prime minister of France (1880-1881, 1883-1885), Ferry was an active politician. He served as the republican deputy for Paris in 1869 and protested the declaration of war against Germany. The government of national defense appointed Ferry as the prefect of the Seine. As prime minister, he passed laws that secularized the French educational system.… Read the rest here
Author: Dadabhai Naoroji was the first member of the British Parliament from Asia. He was born in Bombay before British colonization. Along with being a MP he was a social and political leader and a cotton trader. Arguably his most important impact on Indian society was that he was one of the founding members of the Indian National Congress.
Context: The piece was written in 1871, well into the British occupation of India. The beginnings of a new middle class and the Indian National congress was developing.… Read the rest here
Author: It was written by Rudyard Kipling, a British imperialist. He grew up in British India, thus he was able to experience imperialization first hand.
Context: It was written in 1899 shortly after the United States too control of the Philippines. During this time, many European nations were crambling to colonize as many territories to expand their markets. The idea of the “White Man’s Burden” was a popular idea at the time and was sometimes used to justify a nation’s intercontinental expansion.… Read the rest here
Author: John Hobson, English economist and English diplomat in southern Africa.
Context: During the middle of an economic depression in England which he attributed to the unsustainability in imperialist expansion.
Language: Language is very direct and highly critical. He was very well educated and the language in the document is not for an uneducated audience.
Audience: For the middle and upper classes mainly, ones who would understand simple to complex economics. Also for all modern economists at the time, especially in England.… Read the rest here