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What impact did Western imperialism and colonialism have on Asia That Colonialism and imperialism played a significant role in shaping the modern world and particularly Asia is a prudent judgment Colonialism is a policy in which a country rules other nations and develops trade for its own benefit and the extension of power or authority over others in the interests of domination 2004 The West which refers to the societies of Europe and their genealogical colonial and philosophical descendants Spain France Britain Canada and the United States of America are some examples of Western societies These countries have spread their influence and hegemony over other nations for centuries shaping todays North America Central-America South America Africa Oceana and Asia Western Society 2004 Indochina is a region that today we would consider as Southeast Asia comprised of Laos Cambodia and Vietnam Indochina 2001 Its most recent and most important contact with the West came from France and America The West had a negative impact on Indochina because its influence damaged Southeast Asias system of government destroyed and diluted the indigenous culture caused many people to lose their lives and liberty and set the course for future economic depressions and poverty INDO-CHINESE GOVERNMENT Under French colonisation the Indochinese political structure went into shambles Hammer 1966 The puppet governments installed after French colonization were repressive totalitarian and corrupt which meant that age old traditional and cultural monarchies were replaced by despots under French influence In little time each country lost its own unique identity Laos Cambodia and Vietnam disappeared off maps and were replaced simply by French Indochina Vietnam War 2004 Only French-speaking or French-educated people were allowed to gain high positions in government while others were treated as second-class citizens and toiled in the fields Opposition to these policies was punishable by exile or imprisonment This system of government ensured absolute French political control over Indochinas administration and contributed to lost initiative among the working class
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