Posted by: newperspectives85 | January 1, 2012

colonialism 1.1.12

Europe: The nation that took over the world

Europe was behind colonialism of all the continents from the 17th through 19th centuries. One of my interests lies in European history…all countries have a past…(in some cases if not all, a dark one, and Europe is no exception).

What sticks out to me (one of the countries from cultural geography)–Africa — since my cultural geography class (a 4 week class) focused in on that country — “The struggle for Africa” in the 19th century: mass murder, genocide, conflict among neighboring countries.

One of my final assignments for cultural geography:

You have discussed Noam Chomsky’s suggestion that colonizer couch their advancement in terms of “helping” other countries, and most of you posted that this was wrong. So, if you were the head of a resistance to colonizing and the exportation of your area’s natural resources, how would you combat this colonization? Do not tell me you would raise an army and fight the invasion; think carefully, given all the reading you have done, as well as the power points and the you tube videos, AND the postings about Africa and the Middle East you and your fellow students have done. What efforts (if any) have been successful in keeping exploitation and exportation of natural resources from less developed countries? Why were they successful? Design and explain a realistic effort to keep your chosen country or region (Angola, Appalachia, Yemen, whatever) from losing its natural resources to a more powerful colonizer. You may base this on history or theory, as you prefer.

(This is in the form of a letter–an imagined one to Iraq, one of the countries I had to look up interesting facts for)

Dear Iraqi Nation
I know you are concerned about keeping your petroleum, natural gas, phosphates, and sulfur from being exploited and exported by more powerful colonizers. After Saddam Hussein’s regime ended in 2003, you wondered about your vulnerability from countries wanting to wipe you out because you are seen as an evil nation. You, however, have a rich history dating all the way back to the beginnings of time: The Garden of Eden was here, Noah was here, Abraham was here, Babylon was here. Babylon is a testament to what you are capable of—taking over cities and nations under Nebuchadnezzar’s rule. You are a country to be feared—the fact you have anthrax and nuclear weapons that can wipe out entire cities and even nations. Not only that but you have an important resource, crude oil or petroleum. According to Daniel Dessinger (2008), “Iraq is one of those regions that could produce much more oil if only it were politically stable, and by stabilizing Iraq will only delay an inevitable oil crisis by a few years” (para. 8). There is a crisis coming in the decades to come. Dessinger (2008) argues that “oil will not last forever. Even the optimists are only promising 40-60 years remaining…It is the period of prosperity before the economic plunge, because once over the hump, it is a downhill slope into a brave new world” (para. 3). One can wonder the history of petroleum. It is apparent that prices would skyrocket and people would have a hard time paying. According to James Rubenstein (2008), “beginning in the 1950s, the handful of large transnational companies then in control of international petroleum distribution determined that extracting domestic petroleum was more expensive than importing it from the Middle East” (p.471). It has been about sixty years since removing or taking it was more expensive than buying it for legitimate use. For a powerful colonizer to export oil would cost everyone worldwide. Examples of countries capable of exploiting or exporting petroleum are in Europe and Japan. According to Rubenstein (2008), “European countries and Japan have always depended on foreign petroleum because of limited domestic supplies” (p.471). It would be more tempting for a powerful European country or Japan to come and export petroleum because of the lack of supply in those areas. However, to do so, they have to know this would affect everyone. I am considering talking to the United Nations since they have tried to help in past incidents such as the Persian Gulf War when Saddam Hussein tried to take oil from Kuwait. According to Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen (2004), “George Bush, Sr saw the peril of Hussein’s control of the lion’s share of Mideast oil: if Hussein succeeded in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia would be next…but Bush mobilized an international response in the diplomatic arena: the United Nations imposed economic sanctions and prepared for military actions” (p.769). They are willing to help countries in times of need. They may have failed in taking down Saddam back in the 1990s, but I can assure you they have learned their lesson. You do not need to fight other countries alone. Colonizers have exploited and exported countries before and are experienced in fighting. They tend to have strong armies, so the odds are against you even if you raise an army and go to war. I am asking you to vote in agreement to allow the United Nations take on the powerful colonizers and imperialists for you.

Sources:
Dessinger, Daniel. (2008). “Peak Oil: Why Iraq is So Important” from CultureFeast. http://www.culturefeast.com/our-bloggers/daniel-dessinger/

Rubenstein, James M. (2008). The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography. Ninth Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Schweikart, Larry and Michael Allen. (2004). A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to the War on Terror. New York: Sentinel.

Why not raise an army against colonizers? The colonizers were more experienced in fighting

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  1. […] colonialism 1.1.12 « newperspectives85 Design and explain a realistic effort to keep your chosen country or region (Angola, Appalachia, Yemen, whatever) from losing its natural resources to a more powerful colonizer. You may base this on history … I know you are concerned about keeping your petroleum, natural gas, phosphates, and sulfur from being exploited and exported by more powerful colonizers. After Saddam Hussein's … Not only that but you have an important resource, crude oil or petroleum. According to Daniel … https://newperspectives85.wordpress.com/ — Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:33:59 -0800 […]

  2. Keep working ,splendid job!


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