From Cape Town to Cairo: Rhodes' Failed Explanation

It was once said that “the sun never sets on the British Empire,” a vast domain that stretched from East Asia, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. The rationale for imperialism has been heavily debated, but Cecil Rhodes’s view of the supremacy of Anglo-Saxon race as justification for colonialism stands out as one of British history’s most contested and reviled claims. The legacy of the British in South Africa, in addition to the rest of the world, is treated with mixed feelings, but Rhodes’s extreme perspective is rejected by historians and imperialists alike.

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