Colonialism and Globalism: Will the World Never Learn?
From the 1500s to the 1800s the world went through a colonial era. The European hemisphere took it upon them to establish their colonies in other countries in the idea of establishing a ‘new civilized world.’ They took over countries in the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The historical note that is never taught in history books is before the colonial era Europe was going through the plague and deep poverty rate. They were in the dark ages and had no growth as a region. During that time, the Americas, Africa, and Asia had their own history and civilization. The Americas had advanced infrastructure. Some of these nations had waste lines moving wastes from the city to outside the region, which was a problem Europe was heavily suffering from.
At the beginning of the 1500’s we see Europe gaining interest in exploring nearby regions and setting up colonies. Colonialism was not an idea of setting up a ‘new world,’ it was an idea of extorting goods from other nations to benefit the Europeans. It set up an unfair exchange between nations. Europe offered their religion, bad debt economy, diseases, civilization, and weaponry. The Americas offered their history, advanced infrastructure and civilization, spices, gold, and labor.
A good way to compare colonialism and globalization is to compare their definitions in the dictionary. In the Oxford English Dictionary colonialism comes up as “The colonial system or principle, used in the derogatory sense of an alleged policy of exploitation of backward or weak peoples by a large power.” On the contrast, Globalization is defined as “The process by which businesses or other organizations develop international influence or start operating on an international scale, widely considered to be at the expense of national identity.” The idea of national identity has been the expense of globalization and colonialism. Whether it was centuries ago or a decade ago, organizations and corporations with leading power have took it as an advantage to invade and exploit weaker nations for their own benefit.
Colonization was the practice of invading another country and exploiting their natural resources for further production. Globalization is the practice of exploiting cheap labor to import cheaper and more efficient products. Therefore, what is the difference between globalization and colonialism when they both aim to exploit other nations for their benefit? Centuries later and the world is still exploiting weaker nations and not realizing that every nation has its own identity and culture. Weaker nations are filled with corruption and deep inequality. The idea of colonization and globalization only benefits the exploiter and in many cases the weaker nations grow more in debt and deeper poverty.
In conclusion, history has always been known to repeat itself, yet, centuries later and the world still has not learned the negative impact of colonialism and globalism.