Hedley Bulls Comment the International Society Has Always Been Present in the World Political System

&nbsp.Unfortunately, though, international society has often been characterized by violence and competing claims over natural resources. The following explores colonialism and the role that it has played in the international system.
Human interaction over the past few centuries has been characterized by violence, aggression and the physical subservience of one person under another. Nationalism has been the driving force of inter-cultural exchange for hundreds of years and remains an important force in international relations. Different nations (as well as civilizations) have fought long and bloody wars since the dawn of time. Colonialism was driven by nationalism and has had a lasting impact on many countries of the developing world. Few countries of the world were immune to colonial penetration and the enduring influence of the colonial legacy can be found in the underdeveloped regions of the world today. The British colonial enterprise was one of the largest and most successful making the British Empire one of the largest known empires in human history. Stretching from the Western North American shores, down to the Caribbean, through the Middle East and into Asia, British colonialism was unmatched at its height in sheer global supremacy. Progressively established over more than a hundred years, the British colonial experiment in Africa has left a lasting imprint on a continent that remains severely underdeveloped. Seeking to explore the impact of the colonial enterprise on the countries of Africa, the following will discuss British colonialism in South Africa with an emphasis on the British role in the development of racially discriminatory legislation, more than one hundred years before the introduction of Apartheid in South Africa. International society, expressed through the colonial enterprise, allowed European intrusion into the far reaches of the globe (see Hobsbawm, 1994).