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Are there similar opinion polls for France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Germany? Dread Russia?
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 5th, 2018 at 01:41:37 PM EST
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Are there similar opinion polls for France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, and Germany? Dread Russia?
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Feb 5th, 2018 at 01:43:44 PM EST
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I've been asking myself the very same question upon reading this piece :)

Regarding France, there was this poll two years ago, when then not-candidate Emmanuel Macron called colonization "a crime against humanity". About 52% of French people agreed that "France should present official apologies for murders and exactions committed during the colonization."
51% agreed with Macron, that "colonization is a crime against humanity." There are interesting splits based on age and gender (60% women over 40% men on "crime against humanity.", for instance) and by political affiliation.
Complete results here.

by Bernard on Mon Feb 5th, 2018 at 09:01:26 PM EST
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Belgium? Or was that just the King, while the Belgians had nothing to do with it?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Feb 5th, 2018 at 06:46:26 PM EST
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Plus Portugal and Italy. This would pretty much round up the list of European countries who have had any significant colonial empire on other continents.

One could go on with Americans opinion about the Philippines colonization.

by Bernard on Mon Feb 5th, 2018 at 08:50:51 PM EST
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Plus Puerto Rico and de facto control of Cuba until Castro.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Feb 6th, 2018 at 05:11:01 AM EST
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Changing narrative ...

Enemies and Passing Friends  
Settler Ideologies in Twentieth Century Ulster

The term 'imperialism', which was coined in 1858 to mean 'despotism', changed in 1881 to take on the meaning 'principle or spirit of empire; advocacy of imperial interests' in 1881 (Shorter Oxford English Dictionary 1959). To this could be added Lord Rosebery's definition, 'greater pride in Empire' (Eldridge 1978:3). It is probably misleading to apply the term indiscriminately to the whole of the four hundred or so years of modern European expansionism. This ranged from the plunder empires of the sixteenth through the settlement colonies of the seventeenth and eighteenth to the tropical empires of the nineteenth century. The 'spirit of empire' of the latter, with its certainty, conceit and confidence, was very different form the critical self-evaluation and humbling cultural comparison of the previous two centuries when confronted with much older civilisations such as India, and from the self-doubt of the twentieth century (Faber 1966:45; Betts 1976:150).  

The form of empire also changed. By the eighteenth century both British and French empires had evolved into a system based on the political ascendancy of the metropolis with its dependent white settler colonies, first in North America and later in Australia and New Zealand. These existed for the economic well-being of the 'mother country', and consisted of a large settler population and a small 'native' population, considered unimportant especially when nomadic and marginalised by extermination or by herding on to reserves.

British Empire: Students should be taught colonialism 'not all good', say historians | The Independent - Jan. 2016 |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Mon Feb 5th, 2018 at 09:19:52 PM EST
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