softwareNerd Posted December 21, 2007 Report Share Posted December 21, 2007 There's no good reason a colony has to be a drain on the "home country" any more than a particular state in the Union is a drain on the whole. This may be the case in some contexts, but not in others. From what I know, British India was not a drain on Britain. indeed, many historians would probably argue that Britain was a drain on some of its colonies. I remember reading that the Chinese tried colonizing a few place but gave up, because they found it to be a drain. The author (I think it was Boorstin) said that the Chinese were very keen to impress their colonies with their greatness, and ended up spending great resources doing so. Not sure if this is true. Anyhow, I would guess that most European countries that had colonies (in the 1600's - 1700s time-frame) did not lose on the venture. It's also wrong to say "on a historical basis, colonialism has always been immoral", without giving any more context. Why only colonies? One can just as easily say that on a historical basis, all governments have been immoral. It is clear that many colonies were very moral when one compares them to some of their contemporary governments, to some governments at other times in history, and also to some of the local governments they displaced. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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