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Today we’re going back to the Age of Imperialism, or as I like to call it, “Allow me to ruin the Jungle Book for you.”. To be clear, this is going on at the same time as the political and industrial revolutions from last episode. We’ll look at just how Europe was able to conquer the world, how they formed their new empires, and what legacies they left behind. We’ll also talk about the impact this had all over the world – specifically in Egypt, South Africa, India, Cuba, and Hawaii. Fair warning: if you’re not a fan of white people being the bad guy, then you might not want to listen to this episode. Actually, you might just want to stop listening to the rest of the season.
So, the west (the U.S. and Europe) has firmly established itself as conquerors of huge parts of the world. We’ve talked about their interventions in Africa and parts of Asia. But what about the big guys? What about those massive land-based empires and new young countries that we’ve been talking about for a while? The Ottoman Empire, Russia, China, and Japan. Let’s see how well they fared in this battle royale between the west and the rest of the world.
To be continued…