Collective Identity And Its Effect On The European Society Essay

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Throughout Europe in the 1880’s through the mid twentieth century there were a few different collective identities that had an effect on the European’s. A collective identity is a group that has a shared definition that derives from its member’s common interests, experiences and solidarities. A few examples of these identities were: African’s in the Congo, nobles, bourgeoisies, proletarians and the Jews. All of these different identities had a mixed effect on the European’s in the 1880’s through the mid twentieth century depending on their individual rights, their state of formation, their extension of social classes and how Social Darwinist thinking impacted the relations between these various collectives. Therefore, because of these things, certain collective identities had a more negative effect than others, giving European’s mixed effects throughout this time period. The rights of individuals fluctuated in the 1880’s through mid twentieth century depending on what type of collective identity a person belonged to and the effect that they brought upon the European’s. Imperialism is the political or cultural expansion of influence to control people by another state or country. These people are often thought of as inferior to the conquers by the process of acquisition . The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad sheds a light on the cruelty and suffering which was the true reality of imperialism for the indigenous people in the Congo. In 1885, King Leopold II, through the…

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