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Compare and contrast British and French imperialism regarding such things as governing philosophies and the impact upon the colonial populations.

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The British and French took extremely different approaches to their treatment of colonial populations while pursuing their imperialist ambitions. Under the French, the colonial populations were ostensibly more easily integrated into the general French population. However, this could only occur if local people learned to speak French and adopted French customs. According to the New York Times,

Where the British, personified in the aloof district officer, clad in starched knee-shorts and pith helmet, kept a reserved distance between the rulers and the ruled, the French sought to implant their notions of culture and civilization to a much deeper level, imposing a style of rule that was intended to stamp a sense of ''French-hood'' on territories and people far distant from Paris.

The British overall were distant from local people, viewing colonial populations as essentially different from European populations. By comparison, the French imperialists gave lip service to the view that colonial...

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