The exploitation of colonial resources and indigenous labor was one of the key elements in the success of imperialism. Such exploitation was a result of the prevalent ethnocentrism of the time and was justified by the unscientific concept of social Darwinism, which praised the characteristics of white Europeans and inaccurately ascribed negative characteristics to indigenous peoples. A famous poem of the time by Rudyard Kipling, White Man’s Burden, called on imperial powers, and particularly the U.S., which the poem was directed at, to take up the mission of civilizing these “savage” peoples.
Read the poem at the following link:
After reading the poem, address the following in a case study analysis: MUST ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS CORRECTLY
- Define social Darwinism in your own words.
- Analyze the motivations and consequences that Kipling presents for undertaking the “White Man’s Burden.”
- What specific examples of ethnocentrism can you identify?
- Were the “Half-devil and half-child” peoples truly uncivilized?
Writing Requirements (APA format)
- Length: 2-3 pages (not including title page or references page)
- 1-inch margins
- Double spaced
- 12-point Times New Roman font
- Title page
- References page
Length: 5.0 pts (meets length requirements)
Content: 10.0 pts (paper addresses all aspects of the assignment)
Analysis: 25 pts (throughout the whole work, content expresses original thoughts or interprets the subject matter in a different perspective)
Support: 20.0 pts (throughout the whole work, claims are supported with detailed and persuasive examples; accurate facts and circumstances are used for support)
Grammar, mechanics and style: 20.0 pts ( throughout the whole work, the text is free of major errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation; demonstrates strong word choice and sentence variety)
APA Citation and reference formatting: 10.0 pts (throughout the whole work, in-text references are formatted using APA style; references page includes complete bibliographic information for sources using APA styles)
APA: Title page & references page: 5.0 pts (paper includes both title page and references page)
Primary source reference: 5.0 pts (paper includes reference to the primary source provided within the case study)
Textbook source + Scholar sources
Brower, D., & Sanders, T. (2014). The world in the twentieth century: From empires to nations (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.