CHAPTER I
INTRODUCTORY

THE subject of this book is the relation of European States to the undeveloped countries of Asia and Africa. Individually we are to-day spectators of and participants in a world movement which is having the most profound effects upon our lives and upon the lives of the inhabitants of Asia and Africa. Great world movements like that of Christianity feudalism, the war of 1914, and the phenomena which will be examined in these pages, appear to the ordinary man, particularly when he is a contemporary, to be completely out of his control. They seem to come upon him and upon the world with the inevitability of some great natural force, the earthquake, the monsoon, or the change from winter to summer, and from summer back again to winter. This fatalistic view of history, though it is comforting to many people and to historians, is a delusion. Man has achieved so large a victory over natural forces and his distant

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