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Intolerance for Cultural Differences

There are many differences between the native Africans and the Europeans who settle the region and both seem to have little tolerance for most of the differences. For example, the European women who agree to settle in Africa with their husbands are generally strong-willed women, at least to some degree. The Africans have little respect for their women and do not understand the European tendency to allow women to move around with the men and to voice opinions. On the other side of the coin, the Europeans have arrived in Africa with plans to civilize the African people. At one point Tilly says that their work is difficult but predicts there will come a time when the African people have a better life and that it will be because they are willing to emulate the European examples. Another aspect of this lack of understanding is...

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