The reach of the century: “The countries have one factor in common: they have either been directly subjected to aggression and domination by imperialist powers interested in establishing themselves in the region, or indirectly manipulated into serving the interests of imperialism. While India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines became part of colonial empires, Egypt and Iran were reduced to semi-colonial status, the Turkish Empire was progressively dismembered, Japan was put under pressure from Western countries to open up the country to trade, and China became prey to the encroachments of foreign trading powers who wanted to exploit Chinese resources.”
I don’t know nearly enough about Japanese history to say anything particularly coherent about its imperialism, but I don’t think its subjugation (I think the author is talking about Commodore Perry’s mission to Japan specifically, but I’m not sure if she has some greater trend in mind) is anywhere near comparable to that of, say, India. (In fact, Japan has an impressive track record of imperial violence). What I will say is that I am shocked and/or appalled that in this discussion of imperialism the author without a trace of irony references the Turkish [Ottoman] Empire—even using the word empire—and its “dismemberment,” as though it were a legitimate geopolitical entity in the first place, with the right to extend its often ethnocentric rule across continents and to control the people that inhabited those continents. Like. On what plane of existence am I right now.