Historical politics and its importance in development

Today we explored the relationship between politics and development and how now more than ever development requires a tactful, politically sound approach by all players to achieve it’s objectives.This prompted me to consider the importance of historical institutions and politics in development and how this may help in understanding present-day institutions and their effect on development.  …

Slavery and Colonialism

In class today we learned about the European colonial expansion which by the 1800’s saw the “Western Powers [Britain, Holland, France, Spain and Portugal] control 35% of the Earth’s surface”(Greig, Hulme, & Turner, 2007). At the time the indirect and direct rule by the Western powers was justified in various ways including: Searching for precious minerals;…