09 October 2015

Models of Colonialism Part 1

There were two main models for colonialism established over 500 years ago: the Spanish and the British. The differences in how these models operate can explain to a large part why former Spanish colonies have largely become failed states, despite being built out of great empires like the Maya and Inca, and why former British colonies have become hugely successful despite beginning as loose agglomerations of stone age tribes.

In part 2, if I ever get to it, I will look at the special case of former African colonies and why they have largely failed.