Colonization: A Global History by Marc Ferro

By Marc Ferro

This is an incredibly wide-ranging and interdisciplinary survey of colonization from its origins to the post-colonial global. unique and energetic, it deals the scholar: * a large concentration that includes Africa, the US, Asia, Australia, Europe, Japan and the USSR * an interpretation drawn from cultural and social heritage, with sections on fantasy, literature, movie and philosophy * consistent connection with implications for the current international state of affairs * a accomplished synthesis of the history, context and growth of colonization * a comparative thematic dialogue of the influence of imperialism * large insurance and research of decolonization.

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For this purpose he established control over the Strait of Malacca, conquering this position and installing his garrisons. But the Indian traders were using the Maldives route to bypass the controls and maintain their monopoly. In the Maldives lay the source of a conflict with Mamal of Canador who owned rights and interests there. In his fight with Albuquerque he had other cards available to him. Many Portuguese were calling into question Albuquerque’s policy of belligerence and conquest. They regretted the time of Almeida when trade, and trade alone, formed the basis of relations between Christians and India, with war intervening only occasionally.

The first witness is Christopher Columbus who had preceded them. “This king and all his subjects went naked, just as their mother had given birth to them; so did their women without any feeling of embarrassment. They all look like the inhabitants of the Canaries, they are neither white nor black…” Columbus is struck by that trait, and more so by the fact that they have no sense of property, nor of the value of objects. “They give all that they own in return for any trifle offered to them, to the point that they take in exchange even fragments of a bowl or of broken glass… For whatever one gives them, and without ever saying that it is too little, they will immediately give in exchange all that they own…” “They do not covet what belongs to others… They give gold as easily as they do a gourd…” But woe betide them if they steal, for Columbus will have their nose or their ears chopped off!

The voyages of Jacques Cartier were in fact a disappointment, since he and his companions believed that they could reach the other ocean by sailing up the St Lawrence and the lakes. They remained in the interior of the country, instead of reaching the Pacific. Moreover the Iroquois women they took back with them to France died during the course of the voyage (1536). On their return the disappearance of the women became one of the causes of the mistrust felt towards the white strangers, who besides brought diseases with them.

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