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Western Imperialism and RacismIn the age of Imperialism world powers constantly tried to expand theirboundaries Much of the time they disregarded the native populations or createdstereotypes around them that suited their colonial needs Imperialism brought about aclash of cultures Colonial European and Japanese power expanded into Asia and AfricaThe British French Dutch and Americans considered themselves conquerors with aneminent right to expansion with domain over the native cultures Their belief that theywere above the people who lived in their colonial empires not only decreased mutualrespect but also gave rise to a racist style of thinking First this colonial movement wiped out mutual respect between the colonialpower and the previously sovereign state the Europeans clung to it fiercely though This was not simply a matter of domination says John Barraclough author of AnIntroduction to Contemporary History Although it may have been nothing more than acrude militaristic undermining need for power that drove the Europeans to colonizethey saw it differently Europeans saw their massive expansion at the close of thenineteenth century as the opening of a new era They thought they were bringing agreater civilization to the backward non-white non-European world Barraclough 65 They saw it as their duty If non-Europeans could not promote trade influencetheir economy and create a better as the Europeans believed more relevant lifestylethen the colonial powers would have to do it for them It was useless to exportEuropean skills to backward countries without at the same time introducing Europeanauthorities to ensure their proper employment since the native races were unable tomaintain civilized rule themselves the government of dependencies by the imperialpowers was a necessity of the modern world Barraclough 65 The Europeans sent out waves of emigrants to populate and control their newterritories This mix of cultures and ideals should have brought about a greater respectand understanding New ideas and horizons should have been opened and exploredUnfortunately this great opportunity was squandered It is evident that the Europeanssaw themselves as
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