Effects of Colonization Today

Colonialism is one of the most infamous subjects throughout our world’s different histories. For many “more developed” countries, colonialism is a subject that is glossed over in a sweet sort of sense and posed as a former necessary evil to obtain the modern power and glory they have today. For “underdeveloped” countries and nations, colonialism has become a part of their history they could never forget or sweeten, because it has shaped the way they live their individual lives, overall culture, and their economic and political status.

The European powers started the phase for imperialism and colonialism and it spread and lasted for many years. The main reason for the stronger powers of the world to conquer and take over other lands globally was to expand power, markets, and overall resources for themselves. In order to exploit resources from less developed countries, they had t control the indigenous people socially, economically, and politically. The different ways that they went about this has impacted many nations and what state they are in up to modern day. The legacy of colonialism has almost indefinitely put the progress and developed of places colonialized way behind those that did the colonizing. Although states and nations have gained their independence and freedom, they have trouble starting out due to the way former controllers left them.

Many internal struggles become aware as states and nations start to gain their independence. Some of these internal struggles include, being left in economic turmoil, having no experienced native political leaders, and the struggle to establish what makes them an independent unified people again. Sometimes nations have the trouble of trying to make their independence and unity based on an ethno-nationalistic view. This kind of view leads to violence within a nation towards people who may consider themselves a part of a nation, but are discriminated due to their ethnicity that was before accepted, but turned into unacceptable. Some external struggles that these newer and developing nations have after being left by colonizers are the outside organizations that nations/governments take place in. International Governmental Organizations can at times be harmful because nations who join for good benefits can also be forced to change their goals and policies in order to fit with the IGO’s goals.

India is a former colony to England. When India was first colonized, their people were oppressed and their resources and land was used all for British advantage. Once the British left India, it was left in a very unwell economic state. Their struggle was due to trying to get up on their own and needing help from other’s to do it, but the kind of helped that benefitted them and the way they wanted it, not the kind of help that former colonizers tried to give that only hurt colonizers. While India gained it’s independence and was working on five years as an independent state, England made a bold move to headline India’s success in their newspapers. This struck a cord with the people of India because England was sort of taking credit for their success and being happy for them, but the time for five year’s independence should have and would have came much sooner if the British had never intervened at all. Although there is a history between the two that no one will forget, India began to progress in a way that they were developing an identity for themselves apart from England which is quite a task to do without letting that culture’s influence intervene with the new one a nation sets for itself. As one citizen put it, India was trying to “welcome in the West, and fight it at the same time.”

The colonization of African states is a big subject and has had many different effects and consequences that have lasted up till today. For instance, even though Africa has many resources to be utilized and many people to gather together as one, their countries struggle because of the divides that different powers made in history. The states struggle to come together as one to be one powerful nation that could compete with other powers on globe still today because of the effects of colonization.

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