To what extent was European imperialism a positive force for African cultural, political and economic development?



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To what extent was European imperialism a positive force for African cultural, political and economic development?

  • To what extent was European imperialism a positive force for African cultural, political and economic development?

Preparation: 15 Minutes

Brainstorm positive and negative effects

  • Lower tribal warfare
  • Increased sanitation, health
  • Schools=formal education
  • Increased life-span
  • Improved technology: railroads, roads, telegraph etc…
  • Export crops = increased income
  • Access to new manufactured goods

Imperialism in Africa ran from roughly 1885-1960’s

  • Imperialism in Africa ran from roughly 1885-1960’s
  • Define Terms: clearly establish what imperialism was, and the European motives for colonizing Africa

Road Map

European imperialism had an overall negative effect on Africa’s development.

  • European imperialism had an overall negative effect on Africa’s development.

European imperialism had both positive and negative effects on Africa’s development.

  • European imperialism had both positive and negative effects on Africa’s development.

Thesis statement #3:

  • Although economic growth and political stability were outcomes of European imperialism in Africa, these positive effects are outweighed by the loss of life, freedom, and culture suffered by African peoples.

Place in Context

  • Place in Context
  • Note potential bias (Doc 2)
  • Transition into and out of
  • Analyze/Interpret

The Berlin Conference

  • The Berlin Conference
  • Social Darwinism
  • Forms of Imperial control: Colony, protectorate etc…
  • Assimilation
  • Paternalism
  • King Leopold in the Congo
  • Effects of cash crop economy
  • King Menelik

4 or 5 paragraphs

  • 4 or 5 paragraphs
  • Topic Sentences
  • Transitions

As a result of the 1885 Berlin Conference colonial boundaries exacerbated tribal conflict, leading to political chaos and instability.

  • As a result of the 1885 Berlin Conference colonial boundaries exacerbated tribal conflict, leading to political chaos and instability.

Extension

  • Connect this topic to a future historical event
  • African independence was a natural extension for this DBQ
  • Example: European imperialism had long lasting effects on Africa. As new African nations emerge in the late 20th century, their development will greatly impacted by the colonial legacy.


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