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Colonialism & Barbarism

"Today, it is also hard to look at [the famous explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley] without noticing his brutality. Even in his own books, beneath the adventuring and the details about towering jungle trees and wild animals, there is a steady drumbeat of recalcitrant porters being flogged and insolent natives being taught a lesson with bullets. When Hiram Maxim gave Stanley the latest model of his machine gun to take along on an expedition, Stanley said that the invention would be 'of valuable service in helping civilisation to overcome barbarism.'"
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