Australian actor Todd MacDonald provides a frank account of colonialism's troubling history, from the 15th century gold lust that spurred the Spanish and Portuguese empires across the seas to the brutal 20th-century wars of decolonization. Listeners will learn about the Renaissance innovations in technology that made the Age of Exploration possible, as well as the moral and religious rationales behind European conquest. MacDonald is direct and unbiased as he traces colonialism's role in matters of exploitation, inequality, slavery, and armed conflict. Likewise, he acknowledges colonialism's continuing legacy, by which wealthy nations continue to exploit third-world labor and resources. Throughout, the Aussie's warm baritone and fluid diction lend clarity to the proceedings.
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Around 500 years ago, European nations began to explore the world around them more than ever before. With safer and faster ships, Europeans were able to sail across the globe, over oceans that had once been unnavigable. As they undertook these great voyages of discovery they encountered cultures very different to their own. In many cases, Europeans established settlements in the lands of these other cultures and came to dominate them. The term “colonialism” was invented to describe this overtaking of one culture by another.
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It lies overtly and by omission. Slavery existed well before the West engaged in it. Rather West was first to abolish it. Non-Western colonialism is also ignored.