[SPORK] Was Colonialism good or bad for the world? (was: Q: Was British rule bad or good for India? and before that: The rhetoric of liberation...)

Hokkun Pang hkp@attbi.com
Fri, 21 Mar 2003 20:51:48 -0800


But none of the country you listed is as successfull as Japan. The USA could
have colonized Japan twice. Once in the mid 1800s and again after WW2.
But the USA didn't. The USA forced reforms on Japan and turned it into a
world class nation.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Russell Turpin" <deafbox@hotmail.com>
To: <fork@xent.com>
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 5:11 PM
Subject: Re: [SPORK] Was Colonialism good or bad for the world? (was: Q: Was
British rule bad or good for India? and before that: The rhetoric of
liberation...)


> Rishab Aiyer Ghosh:
> >after all, india is pretty much the _only_ example of a post-colonial
> >continuous (less a couple of years) democracy, british or otherwise.
>
> I'm assuming the US, Canada, Australia, New
> Zealand, the Bahamas, and Bermuda are excluded,
> since they are examples of true colonization,
> rather than of colonial rule over an existing
> population. But certainly there are other
> British colonies that are today democratic:
>
> Belize
> Ireland
> Singapore
> Hong Kong (Maybe shouldn't count, any more.)
>
> Lots of other islands, but it was, after all,
> a sea-based empire. I'm excluding South Africa,
> given its long history of apartheid and short
> history since, and Guyana, given its short
> history of open elections. Obviously, there are
> no other examples as populous as India.
>
>
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