Would Cecil Rhodes's actions be evidence of a metropolitan theory or a peripheral theory?He lived in Africa but had liked the British. So when the Brfitish was invited to help him take over...

Would Cecil Rhodes's actions be evidence of a metropolitan theory or a peripheral theory?

He lived in Africa but had liked the British. So when the Brfitish was invited to help him take over Rhodesia was this a perpiheal theory or a metropoitain one as this can lye under economic reaseon for the british Empire to take over this part of Africa.

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Rhodes's actions would definitely be evidence for a metropolitan theory.  The reason for this is that Rhodes cared about Britain and its needs, not about Africa.

Rhodes was, above all, an Englishman.  He was born and raised in England.  After going to Africa, he returned to England to attend university.  More importantly, Rhodes's major goal in life was to extend British rule around to the greatest extent possible.  He felt that the British were the greatest people in the world and he wanted them to have as much wealth and power as possible.  It was this desire that impelled him to do such things as creating Rhodesia.

Thus, we can see that Rhodes was acting only for the good of Britain. This is what motivated him.  Therefore, his actions are evidence for a metropolitan theory of colonization.

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