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What is the best thing to come out of Colonialism?

Stilton Disco

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The three Ch's, Chips, Chocolate and Chicken Tikka Masala!

Serious answer, the spreading of Democracy, English Common Law, capitalism, the concept of universal rights, technological and medical innovations and the ending of slavery.
 
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Ballthyrm

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My pick would be, making people rich enough to have time to do science.
All the great scientists of the era were profiting from Colonialism one way or another.

It really speed up progress in a major way.
Even if it had to make a large part of the human population miserable to do it.
We wouldn't have had the industrial revolution i think without England having colonies.
 
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Amiga

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English being the world language. lol at the suckers who have to learn it as a second language
French was more popular in some regions, Africa and the ME in particular. English became dominant driven by US media influence post WW2.

relatively the Brits were kind of better because they gave more autonomy than the French.

in the Arab world French colonized nations had their community structure uprooted and a euro style implanted. but because it wasn't a natural evolution, the result was groups of families vote themselves into office every-time, and other groups of families are disenfranchised because "sorry you lost the vote". Baathism (Arab socialists) first spread through French colonized Arab nations.

the English worked with established cultural structure, in the Arab world English colonized nations tend to be the most stable until today. like most Gulf nations and Jordan.
 

#Phonepunk#

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1. government by consent of the people

2. modern medicine

3. refrigeration
 
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Amiga

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English was the dominant language LONG before WWII...it was called the British Empire, you may have heard of it.
not like today, English can be enough as middleman langues almost everywhere. a century ago you had to know French to deal with most African nations and Spanish for Latin America and a few other nation outside of it. and a bit of Portuguese and Russian to round it up.

Many African nations are till dominated by the french language, but they also use English as a 3rd language.
 

Sakura

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How come no one in Africa managed to build any great civilisation out side of Egypt?
There isn't even a single ancient ruin in Africa.
How are you defining ancient here? There were other civilisations in Africa, for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Aksum but if you are saying they have to be as old as the Egyptians then I'm not sure that is very fair, because the Egyptians were one of the most ancient civilisations in the world. There were no civilisations as ancient outside the Mediterranean in Europe either.
 
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V4skunk

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How are you defining ancient here? There were other civilisations in Africa, for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Aksum but if you are saying they have to be as old as the Egyptians then I'm not sure that is very fair, because the Egyptians were one of the most ancient civilisations in the world. There were no civilisations as ancient outside the Mediterranean in Europe either.
I'm talking at least a couple of thousand years.
I also made a mistake! There are great ruins in Ethiopa, megalithic like the other great ancient sites.
And there are megalithic sites all of Europe! Britain, France, Italy, Greece, Malta, Bosnia! All very old and i'm talking many thousands of years up to 13,000 like the Sphinx in Egypt.
 
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epicnemesis

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This thread is a honeypot for REEEtards.

Nothing good came out of colonialism. Don’t you know that?