NATS 1775 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Antimalarial Medication, Rapidfire, Indian Rebellion Of 1857

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Published on 27 Nov 2011
School
York University
Department
Natural Science
Course
NATS 1775
Professor
Lecture Fourteen: Technology and the Empire
November 3, 2011
Technologies of Control
Technologies which were instrumental in colonization, bringing people to the
colonies as well as maintaining economic and social control over the colonies.
Technologies that were mainly used to build empires were not necessarily built to
make money. Often, they were not profitable at all.
-Their main goals were not to make money, but to control the people
-These technologies were expensive to create and maintain them. This
became an economic drain on the colonies
-Most of the profits associated with colonization were used to control and
maintain the colonies.
New Methods of Transportation
The use of the steam engine was important in ships because that was the way
that the people wold be transported to and from the new colonies.
The railway and construction of new railways around the world, which is
discussed further below, is also an expensive new technology during this time
which was widely used.
The Use of Medicine
The most important form of medicine at this time is called quinine.
-It is an anti-malarial drug which was given to the Europeans to prevent death
by this disease
-The Europeans often were not accustomed to the climates or germs that
were present in the environments in the colonies. They often got sick and
died due to this fact.
New Military Technologies
The military made huge improvements, mostly in an effort to control the
population, and also to assert their superiority.
-The introduction of gun barrels
-New types of firearms
-Rapid-fire technologies which could kill many natives at once
Why were these not profitable?
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Technologies which were instrumental in colonization, bringing people to the colonies as well as maintaining economic and social control over the colonies. Technologies that were mainly used to build empires were not necessarily built to make money. Their main goals were not to make money, but to control the people. These technologies were expensive to create and maintain them. This became an economic drain on the colonies. Most of the profits associated with colonization were used to control and maintain the colonies. The use of the steam engine was important in ships because that was the way that the people wold be transported to and from the new colonies. The railway and construction of new railways around the world, which is discussed further below, is also an expensive new technology during this time which was widely used. The most important form of medicine at this time is called quinine.

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