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Congo imperialism : historical perspectives and the Ethical Dimension. CHY4U Unit 3 HTC. Yale University, Genocide Studies Program, Congo Free State, 2010, http://www.yale.edu/gsp/colonial/belgian_congo / (Nov. 22, 2013). . Step 1: Recognition of Ethical Positions.

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Congo imperialism historical perspectives and the ethical dimension

Congo imperialism: historical perspectives and the Ethical Dimension

CHY4U Unit 3

HTC

Yale University, Genocide Studies Program, Congo Free State, 2010, http://www.yale.edu/gsp/colonial/belgian_congo/ (Nov. 22, 2013).


Step 1 recognition of ethical positions

Step 1: Recognition of Ethical Positions

  • HTC Guidepost 1: Authors make implicit or explicit ethical judgments in writing historical narratives.

    • Group Task: identify any implicit (implied or suggested but not directly) or explicit (directly obvious, up front and clearly stated) ethical/moral judgments in the video.

      • Ethical judgment = a decision about the ethics of an historical action


Video notes white king red rubber black death

Video Notes“White King, Red Rubber, Black Death”


Step 2 how to make fair ethical judgments

Step 2: How to Make Fair Ethical Judgments

  • The historical perspective HTC tells you not to use presentismto judge the past.

  • However, sometimes you don’t want to condone the horrible actions of the past.

  • HTC guidepost #2: Reasoned ethical judgments of past actions are made by taking into account the historical context of the actors in question.


Historical perspectives

Historical Perspectives

  • In the video, the museum director says that we should look at Leopold through historical perspectives, and that no colonial [imperial] powers were “softies.”

  • Later in the video the tour guide says that the statue of Leopold can be viewed from a “romantic national perspective.” He says that “royalists don’t want to hear a bad word.”

  • Considering BOTH historical perspectives and ethical dimension, which person’s view do you agree with?


Recognition con t

Recognition con’t

  • Group Task: Is Congo in the textbook?

    • When identifying ethical dimension, consider what authors choose to write about or omit, the language they use, the images they select, etc.

    • Are certain characters heroized or villified?

  • Why is it important to be aware of the ethical dimension in a textbook?


Congo psd

Congo PSD

  • Read the PSD and determine who you think the author is. What makes you think this?

  • Who do you think it was written for (its intended audience)? What makes you think this?

  • Answer questions 2-4 at the bottom of the PSD.

  • What type of PSD is this?


Professor carton s analysis

Professor Carton’s Analysis

  • Read the professor’s analysis of the PSD.

  • What are your initial reactions to it?

  • Which motivating factor was most at play in the Congo, according to the professor?

  • Does the professor take any ethical stances?

  • Reflection: what does this PSD teach you about the role of official documents in history and how they should be approached by history students.


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