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Colonialism
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1. Definition

Scholars have debated the meaning of both “colonialism” and “imperialism.” Some regard colonialism as a form of imperialism, but others make a chronological distinction, relating colonialism to the period of mercantilist European empires up to the end of the 18th century and then arguing that it was absorbed by modern imperialism with the rise of the industrial revolution and capitalism. Though both concepts are imprecise, no bet…

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Förster, Stig, “Colonialism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 07 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C1009>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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