What does Rudyard Kipling mean by the 'white man's burden'?
White Man's Burden
White man's burden was a concept very popular during the 1800's and into the 1900's that it was the responsibility of european empires to bring civilization to their colonies instead of just plundering them for the resources.
The main reason for Kiplings poem was the US takeover of the Philipines, where they largely just took what they could with no efforts to rebuild, civilise or develop the country what so ever. They basically avoided the burden that comes with conquest to make the conquered land a better place for everyone and bring it up as close to the european standards as possible. Kipling demands in the poem, that the nations send their best and brightest to the colonies where they should work to benefit the locals since they are, like children, the responsibility and have to be taken care of in the best way. During the era of imperialism, the white man's burden was often misused as a justification for expansion and annexation. This was made with a few provisos:
- The european model of civilisation is superior to indigenous ones.
- Western civilisation and technology is a gift to the indigenous people and a responsibility for the power that gave it to them.
In summary: Europeans were responsible for their claimed lands and had the duty to educate, "civilise" and uplift the people of the colonies to the level of the people of the motherland. The accusing poem of Kipling is one of the most misread poems, since it is fairly easy to take offense at the title and not bother reading it or putting it into context.
The White ManÃ?s Burden is a 19th century poem by Rudyard Kipling that implied the act of colonialism was the noble responsibility of European and Americans to help the natives of these countries to rise up and better themselves. The poem, in general, referred to the period of colonization of countries by European powers sometimes called cultural imperialism as a noble Christian effort.
social Darwinism is taht white people are the superior race and they can use you in any way and are better. white mans burden is that it is the white person's duty to teach you how to be civilized and how to be like them. Hope this help and that is the difference in between social Darwinism and the white mans burden
I am new to this site. It seems that many of these questions are from students too lazy to actually read the assigned book (or other work) and also too to go to the library and look at the research. My first clue was when the asker(?) didn't even spell Burdon right in the title of Kipling's White Man's Burden.
Most defiantly, the white mans burden is talking about how as Americans/white men it is our duty to "help out" other nations who are not as civilized as we are. which was a major excuse for imperialism during that time. Many countries would say that just by being on the same land as the Savages and uncivilized races they were "helping" them even if they were destroying their land and exploiting their resources.
The white mans burden perceived through the poem is almost sarcastic for he makes it seem as though he was only granted thanklessness in return for improving their lives. its shown when he says "the blame of those ye better the hate of those ye guard the cry of hosts ye humor." In other words the people he tried to guide to a better life were ungrateful.
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