Jules Ferry Case Study

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Case Study: Jules Ferry
Melissa Elliott
Chamberlain College of Nursing
HIST 410
Professor Franklin
March 06, 2016

Case Study: Jules Ferry
1. According to Ferry, what recent developments in world trade have made it urgent for France to have colonies?
As an imperialist, Jules Ferry felt that France should be exploring and taking over new nations. He claimed colonial expansion was a great need that had become extremely urgent by the people and industrialized population of Europe (Kleinman, 1897). He stated that other countries, United States and Germany, were exporting so much more than France was. Jules Ferry compiled a report of statistics with his perspective of that great need for colonial expansion (Kleinman, 1897). This report
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If not acted on or taken precautions against, North American goods will overcome the South American market that belonged to France first. All of this is connected to colonial policy.
2. What arguments against imperialism have been raised by Ferry’s critics? How does he counter them?
Jules Ferry believed it was the job of “superior races” to civilize the lesser races (Kleinman, 1897). He claims when the Spanish and Explorers introduced slavery to Central America it was a misunderstanding and their job as a superior race was not accomplished (Kleinman, 1897). That statement made it seem like he was trying to justify slavery but he circumvented this by repeating that it was the rights of the superior races to control the inferior ones. “But, in our time, I maintain that European nations acquit themselves with generosity and with sincerity of this superior civilizing duty (Kleinman, 1897, para. 4)”.
3. What non-economic arguments does Ferry offer in favor of imperialism?
The non-economic arguments presented by Ferry in favor of imperialism was; the need for shelters, places of supply for markets to sell France’s goods and ports for defense and provisioning for boats to have a safe harbor. The ports for boats were needed because ships were limited on the supplies they could carry, like coal, which is paramount to keep moving. “A warship, however perfect its design, cannot carry more than two weeks supply of coal and a vessel without

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