Social Studies 10-1
December 4, 2018
Related Issue 2
Position Paper Unit Exam
Historical Globalization, in short terms, was the time period when Christopher Columbus have said to be found the “New World” to which is the Americas. This has resulted in European contacts and trades from all around the world. Learning about historical globalization is a way to understand the events that happened in our history. It is also a way to realize how these events impacted the Africans and the indigenous peoples of the world in the past and how it is impacting the world that we live in today. This source is being portrayed in a negative way in historical globalization because the source is saying that Imperialism, the domination of one country’s economic, political and cultural institutions, caused catastrophic effects on the indigenous people’s lives. And that ethnocentrism, the way of thinking that one’s cultural beliefs are superior to the others, limited the opportunity to improve to their potential for the Indigenous Peoples and the Africans due to the fact that they were overpowered and were forced to live the way their colonial masters, in this case, the Europeans, wanted them to. The author’s motivation to write the source is to educate people about the negative legacies of historical globalization and imperialism and to also raise awareness of the devastating effects that were caused by imperialism; hoping that their cultures would revitalize and be repaired. Some groups of people would support the source and would believe that imperialism and ethnocentrism ruined the Indigenous People’s lives. For instance, First Nations, Rwandans, South Africans and other indigenous groups that are still trying to overcome the struggles caused by these events and their consequences. Some groups of people, however, would go against the perspective of the source, such as the Europeans of the time who believed that they were doing nothing wrong to the colonized groups but helped them live the right way. Due to the imperialism and ethnocentrism left devastating effects on Africans, Rwandans and the Indigenous People from all over the world, it is clear that both gave a long-lasting effect on the groups to which some still carry to this day. Therefore, we should embrace the perspective of this source to a great extent because people were put into slaves and not benefit much for it, their cultures and practices were being taken away and lastly, many people were killed as a result.
As previously mentioned, Imperialism is the domination of one country’s cultural, political and economic institutions. Imperialism’s main motive is economic gain; meaning that they would take resources that would be valuable to the parent country from that particular country. This resulted in Africans being put into slavery and not having much benefit to it. For instance, Scramble for Africa was the invasion, occupation and the dividing of the African continent...