Colonialism
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Colonization must be distinguished from colonialism. The term colonization is often, though not invariably, applied to the ambitions which Babylonia, Assyria, Persia, Greece, Phoenicia, Macedonia, and Rome had to rule the world, and also to the activities of medieval Christendom in Eastern Europe. Here it is used in a good sense, to mean civilizing and “developing” a territory. But it would be misreading history to ignore the many negative aspects — political, religious, and psychological — of “…

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Heinz Robert Schlette, “Colonialism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 16 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-483X_smuo_COM_000790>
First published online: 2016



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