Early Belgian Colonial Efforts: The Long And Fateful Shadow Of Leopold I

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dc.contributor Ansiaux , Robert R . en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007 -08 -23T01 :56 :35Z
dc.date.accessioned 2011 -08 -24T21 :40 :23Z
dc.date.available 2007 -08 -23T01 :56 :35Z
dc.date.available 2011 -08 -24T21 :40 :23Z
dc.date.issued 2007 -08 -23T01 :56 :35Z
dc.date.submitted November 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /382
dc.description.abstract The continuing debate over the causes , effects and future implications of European colonialism and imperialism is perhaps best viewed through a transatlantic lens . The various phases of imperialism from 1415 through 1914 provide ample time and examples of this continuous cultural interchange . The last of these interchanges , forced or otherwise , is that of the New Imperialism of 1860 -1914 . Discussions of later globalization and economic /cultural imperialism are not covered . That discussion is a different subject perhaps requiring different tools of analysis , especially economic . The impact of this last period reverberates through the current world discussion on rights , obligations , morality and law , especially natural law . The basic question is : are there truths that merit , no demand , their transmission by force or otherwise ? Expressed more philosophically , "is man the measure of all things ?" Was there something the "West" had or represented that needed to be spread by word or by sword ? Are there universal concepts , or to use the Platonic euphemism , "virtues" that are inherent to all men so that there is a need or quoting Jefferson "a duty" , to respond and spread them throughout the world ? Or , quoting Lenin , is imperialism merely &quot ;the highest stage of capitalism" and this New Imperialism a mere economic and political exercise in power and arrogance ? There can never be a definitive analysis of imperialism which will yield a final answer to these questions . Continued historical inquiry does enhance both knowledge and understanding . This is a study of Belgium and its first king Leopold I in the years 1830 -1855 , a period before the New Imperialism . Why then is it of any value as a tool of analysis of the New Imperialism , decades before it took place ? Because Belgium , its king , government and sense of nationhood were new . Yet , within a few years of its creation in 1830 its king at least viewed the world through the eyes of an imperialist . Its very newness and relative openness of its government allows the historian to poke around , so to speak . This is especially so in view of the later overwhelmingly successful imperialism of its second king Leopold II in the Congo Free State . This is an inquiry into four examples of early Belgian colonial efforts in the Republic of Texas , Guatemala , Brazil and the Rio Nunez River in present day Guinea . The method employed is that of a historical inquiry into the event and then an analysis of the effort by the political , economic , social and scientific causes of the New Imperialism in a search of analogies and differences . It is not as much a new study of the historical events themselves but an attempt to discern an overall or macro -historical view of Belgian , and by extension , European imperialistic motivation . en_US
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher History en_US
dc.title Early Belgian Colonial Efforts : The Long And Fateful Shadow Of Leopold I en_US
dc.type Ph .D . en_US


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