What have the Roman ever done for us?

(In)Famous clip from Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

Along these lines, some dubious apologists claim that Western colonialism somehow benefited Africa. (“We built roads! And brought soap!”)

In my International Politics class we’ll be looking at why European colonialism decidedly did not “develop”  Africa, Asia, the Middle East or Latin America.  In fact, we’ll be looking at how colonial extraction led to the UNDERDEVELOPMENT of Africa.


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