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GLBL 210 Week 2 Notes

by: Hadley Ashford

GLBL 210 Week 2 Notes GLBL 210

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Notes from 1/20/16
Global Issues
Jonathan Weiler
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Hadley Ashford on Saturday January 23, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to GLBL 210 at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill taught by Jonathan Weiler in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 27 views. For similar materials see Global Issues in Global Studies at University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.


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Date Created: 01/23/16
GLBL 210 Week 2 Notes (1/20/16) th th - Colonialism: 16 -mid 20 century, began with mercantilist interests, developed into goal of direct trade o Also set of beliefs used to legitimize and defend system o Usually comes with superiority of colonizer  Generally develops into issue of race o About power and prestige- not people - Victor Hugo= French abolitionist o Ironic because didn’t want to abolish to make blacks and whites equals o Viewed Africans as resource for Europeans o Saw Europe as African helpers- paternalistic ideas - Driving forces of colonialism: o Business: markets o State: competition, expansion o Military: bases, supplies o Church: missionaries - Indirect rule: govern through native political structures o Ex. British - Direct rule: imposing governments of colonial powers on natives o Ex. French - Effects of colonialism: o Death o Destruction of native culture o Forced societal changes - Colonial divisions: o Settler: seems empty, so people occupy it 9ex. North America, Israeli/Palestine) o Non-settler: Indonesia - Race is a story that we tell ourselves - Representations create reality - Race is social construct o More biological differences within a race than between different races - Blacks were advantageous for slavery because o Marked race- looked different than larger population, more difficult to run away and blend it o Better farmers than Europeans o Harder workers than European indentured servants o Poor black and poor whites began to unify- elites created racial divide to keep power - Native Americans seen as savage, but human- able to civilize them o Blacks seen as savage and inhuman, unchangeable - Concept of race changes over time o Social status/religion determined class/freedoms at first o Became about race later th - Science trusted in 17 century- validated idea of race as scientific fact - Rationalization for slavery remains because learned that there were fundamental differences between blacks and whites - “Us vs. them” mentality useful to social structure/order o Creates internal order and international order - Race became unifying force o Created national identity - Idea of science as objective- is it ever truly objective? o Still present today, relevant now - Idea of White Man’s Burden made US a national power


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