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Joseph Conrad lived in an era marked by colonial dominance and therepartition of wealth by the major world super powers The 19th centurywas a time were countries such as France the Netherlands and GreatBritain controlled as much as 85 percent of the world territoryStuchtey Their commercial and cultural practices with their coloniescaused controversy throughout the century various philosophies andpolicies clashed and created what it is known as Imperialism Conradsexperience and knowledge led him to question Western Assumption aboutrace economy and politics In Joseph Conrads short story An Outpostof Progress it is evident that he criticizes the economic colonialpractices of the 19th century and the philosophy of race superiorityand power Joseph Conrad saw colonization as a way to benefit the commercial andeconomic interests of the Western colonial powers An Outpost ofProgress criticizes the economic practices of colonialism in Africawhich were common during the 19th Century Colonial economic policieswere carefully constructed to meet the interests and objectives of theEuropean stakeholders Specifically the extraction of natural resourcesfrom Africa for European industries and the establishment of new marketsfor European manufactured goods The Saylor FoundationThe storysfocus is the small outpost and the commercial practices along the CongoRiver The main reason why incapable people such as Kayerts and Carlierventured in the dangers of Africa is due to the fact of beingfinancially rewarded Obtaining a position in a colonial setting couldsignify wealth and prestige This benefits came at the expense ofall the exploited workers in Africa Kayerts once mentions that theirlife in the outpost would be simple since they shall let life runeasy here Just sit still and gather in the ivory those savages willbring Conrad believes Conrad opposed to the belief of Colonial superiority a popular beliefduring the 19th Century In much of his writing and especially on AnOutpost of Progress he criticizes this practice by contrasting theattitudes and actions of the main characters in an ironical fashionWesterners regarded the rest of the world as inferior backward andwrong
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