The Dilemma of Colonial Education: History – Class 10

The Dilemma of Colonial Education: History

French colonization was not based only on economic exploitation. It was also driven by the idea of a ‘civilizing mission’. Like the British in India, the French claimed that they were bringing modern civilization to the Vietnamese. They took for granted that Europe had developed the most advanced civilization.

Why did the French think Colonies were Necessary?

Colonies were considered essential to supply natural resources and other essential goods. Like other Western nations, France also thought it was the mission of the ‘advanced’ European countries to bring the benefits of civilization to backward peoples. The French began by building canals and draining lands in the Mekong delta to increase cultivation. The vast … Read more

The Making of Nationalism in Europe: The Aristocracy & New Middle Class

If you look at the map of mid-eighteenth-century Europe you will find that there were no ‘nation-states’ as we know them today. What we know today as Germany, Italy, and Switzerland were divided into kingdoms, duchies, and cantons whose rulers had their autonomous territories. Eastern and Central Europe were under autocratic monarchies within the territories … Read more

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