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Michael Collins

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Michael Collins and the Decline of Imperialism
“Imperialism, as defined by the Dictionary of Human Geography, is the creation and/or maintenance of an unequal economic, cultural, and territorial relationship, usually between states and often in the form of an empire, based on domination and subordination.” (Wikipedia) In the movie Michael Collins, the director Neil Jordan, presents a historical biopic of the Irish patriot and revolutionary Michael Collins. Michael Collins was an Irish revolutionary leader, the Minister for Finance, and the Teachta Dála (TD) for Cork South in the First Dáil of 1919. He also became the director of Intelligence for the IRA and was a member of the Irish delegation during the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations. He was also the Chairman of the Provisional Government and Commander-in-chief of the National Army after the treaty negotiations. Michael Collins, the film, was very interesting when it came to portraying the British Empire. Although, influence on how the British Empire was portrayed could mainly be contributed to Neil Jordan’s perspective, I believe Neil Jordan portrayed many supporting ideals to Neil Ferguson’s arguments in War of the Worlds. Neil Jordan’s perspectives I believe are influenced highly by one main theme that could be summed up as the troubles of Northern Ireland. However, even through his obvious bias against the British Empire, Neil Jordan presents several interesting facts that seem to support Neil Ferguson’s views on the decline of Imperialism. According to the definition given above, imperialism is the creation and/or maintenance of an unequal economic, cultural, and territorial relationship, usually between states and often in the form of an empire, based on domination and subordination. This being said, I believe that the fall of imperialism can be defined as the shifting and/or destruction of an unequal economic, cultural, and territorial relationship between states and often in the form of an empire....
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