1. definition of the term
  2. theories
  3. examples and/or illustrations of theories
  4. other useful sources
  5. bibliography

Definitions of the term


  1. The policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers, and exploiting it economically.

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  • colonialism (exploitation by a stronger country of weaker one; the use of the weaker country’s resources to strengthen and enrich the stronger country)

WordNet Search — http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=colonialism (January 12, 2012)


First published Tue May 9, 2006; substantive revision Thu Jul 28, 2011

“Colonialism is a practice of domination, which involves the subjugation of one people to another.”

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/colonialism/. (January 12, 2012)



colonialism theories  

Theories drawing inspiration from the analysis of the dynamics of past European colonialism to analyze the process in which one population controls the political and economic activities of another.

colonization complex  

Robert Blauner identified four components of the dynamics of colonization: (1) forced entry into a territory and its population; (2) alteration or destruction of the indigenous culture and patterns of social organization; (3) domination of the indigenous population by representatives of the invading society; and (4) justification of such activities with highly prejudicial, racist beliefs and stereotypes.

Aguirre, Adalberto and Jonathan H. Turner, American Ethnicity: The Dynamics and Consequences of Discrimination, 4th Edition, McGraw-Hill College, 2003, Student Center, Glossary, http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072824263/student_view0/glossary.html. (January 12, 2012)


“Colonization” designates a process of territorial acquisition, “colony” a particular type of socio-political organization, “colonialism” a system of domination. The basis of all three concepts is the notion of the expansion of society beyond its original habitat. These processes of expansion are a fundamental phenomenon of world history. They occur in six major forms.

1)      Total migrations of entire populations and societies

2)      Mass individual migration

3)      Border colonization

4)      Empire building wars of conquest


Osterhammel, Jurgen. Colonialism. Princeton: Markus Weiner Publishers, 1997, pp. 4-10.



Examples and/or Illustrations

Colonialism stock photos and images – 1008 images

http://www.fotosearch.com/photos-images/colonialism.html (January 12, 2012)

Images of illustrations of colonialism


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Other Useful Sources

Nobel, Peter. ed.  Refugees and Development in Africa. Seminar Proceedings 19, Scandinavian Institute of African Studies, Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 1987.



Aguirre, Adalberto and Jonathan H. Turner, American Ethnicity: The Dynamics and Consequences of Discrimination, 4th Edition, McGraw-Hill College, 2003.

Branche, Jerome. Race, Colonialism, and Social Transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Florida Scholarship Online, 2008.

http://florida.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.5744/florida/9780813032641.001.0001/upso-9780813032641.  (January 12, 2012)

Osterhammel, Jurgen. Colonialism. Princeton: Markus Weiner Publishers, 1997.

Page, Melvin E. Colonialism: An International, Social, Cultural and Political Encyclopedia. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Inc., 2003.

http://books.google.ca/books?id=qFTHBoRvQbsC&pg=PA862&lpg=PA862&dq=illustrations+of+colonialism&source=bl&ots=ZYqUevoMwf&sig=m2VjdZuOl-bwWB2XwvEv87zTP_Y&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JG0PT6f3HKbq0gHBl_3CAw&ved=0CGoQ6AEwCTgK#v=onepage&q=illustrations%20of%20colonialism&f=false (January 12, 2012)