Imperialism at the Flood
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Obviously the impact of this development on the colonial government differed according to the stage of political thinking such a government and particularly its rulers at home had reached by the time the implications of this budding nationalism began to be evident. The last era of colonialism in Southeast Asia we shall find such movements, combining the lessons in power politics from the West with the reactionary, the retrogressive, and the bigoted sentiments of the people. The sentiments of the people of Southeast Asia with regard to "king and country" were akin to those of the medieval European. The political centre, the governmental authority, reposed in the colonial capital and the nation every nationalist had in mind was to be coextensive with the colony as it had emerged from the accidents of imperial history and although each of the colonies of Southeast Asia showed a certain ethnological homogeneousness in the origins of its population.