Cultural Justification- Imperialism

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-spiritual motives helped foster imperialistic views



-missionaries flocked to africa and asia in search of christian converts



-strong spiritual justification of imperialism but missionaries still fought imperialism



-missionaries facilitated communications between imperialists and subjects people

and sometimes provided european officials with information they needed to maintain control over seas



-missionary settlements also served as convenient meeting places for europeans overseas and as a distribution centers for european manufactured goods



-while missionaries sought to introduce christianity to subject peoples, others worked to bring them "civilization" in the form of political order and social stability



-French imperialists often invoked "Civilizing missions" as a justification for their expansion into Africa and Asia



-English writer and poet Rudyard Kipling defined the "white man's burden" as the duty of european and euro-american peoples to bring order and enlightenment to distant lands.