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Yet, the imperialists seemed to pursue their objective of the systematic plundering of Asia’s valuable resources with ceaseless demands for concessions. Elsewhere, in China and Turkey, changes of local governments were also popular choices at the time. Moreover, in the mid -19th century, together with political diffusion, another variant of imperialism appeared – the imperialism of free trade. The practice was also European, especially that of the British, whose power and influence were extended informally, mainly through superior diplomatic and economic means, rather than formally, through direct colonial rule.

Signing these treaties was always a problem for Asians. ’(Noda 1976) To quote him: These treaties, concluded as they were on the basis of an inequality of bargaining power, could not but hurt the pride of Japanese people, and the Meiji government … was obliged to try to do away with them (Noda 1976,42). ’(Van der Cruysse 2002, 71) The notorious character of legalism prevailed long after the end of the Colonial era. Diffusion during the Period of the World Wars and the Aftermath Indirect diffusion gained more ground during the 20th century when the legalistic approach, despite its historical reputation, was considered as a shortcut to development and progress.

When the language ceased to be popular, many common features of the law also vanished in time. Furthermore, after the turn of the century, because of the rise of nationalism, lawyers in continental Europe faced difficulties in communicating with one another, as national languages gained popularity. Also important is the influence of many European wars, which drove the legal systems even further apart. 11 Treaty of 1535 between Sultan Soliman II and Francis I. See Brown 1914: 33. ASIA IN THE MAKING OF EUROPE 43 Despite the repugnant character of earlier legal diffusion, European legal ideologies (or formats) seemed to be favoured by Asians in later times.

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