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Imperialism and racism in Mark Cockers Rivers of Blood

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Cocker regards the European extermination as a single process that is inflicted on tribal society and refers to it as the greatest and most incessant chain of human destruction that has ever been recorded. For Cocker, European expansionism stands on the basis of racial imperialism that formulated international society. The foundation stone of these societies is immoral and strengthened by genocide, racial violence, slavery, and colonialism in addition to the extermination of indigenous peoples that is prevailed on five centuries. Indeed, historians doubt and often disapprove the way Cocker sweeps fundamentally different events that prevailed over a long period of time and space into comparatively timeless “ global war” and a particular “ European Ideology of conquest. ” Apparently, ruination of much advanced and domineering Incan empire by Francisco Pizarro within a few months does not seems similar to guerrilla war that Apaches fought three centuries later against Mexico and United States.

However, the tales are fascinating and convince the reader to re-imagine the global history in a definite way. It refers to the facts that even if the victims were diverse and distinct, western drive of extermination didn’ t change over centuries. 8 Engelhardt confirms Cockers’ viewpoint and states: The statements of a conquistador, “ I took no more notice of a hundred armed Indians than I would have of a handful of flies” ; of an English bushranger who would just “ as leave shoot [Tasmanians] as so many sparrows” ; and of German settlers in Southwest Africa that “ any white man who has lived among natives finds it impossible to regard them as human beings at all in any European sense” come to seem more than superficially related.

In a historical context, Cocker’ s causality list of 50 million deaths over a period of four centuries tribal conquest seems connected as Cocker suggests and convinces us to imagine the whole process as a single exterminatory crusade. It illuminates the comparison as these figures underrate the deaths during WWI and also much greater  than the European loss incurred in WWII and Holocaust collectively.

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