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She shows how poor relief was part of the mission French imperialists told themselves they were on to civilize the world, and how native intellectuals sought to take it over as a demonstration that they were plenty civilized now, thank you anyway.
Spenser argues repeatedly that one cannot civilize a country by punishing barbarians for acts of barbarism; rather, to attain (or impose) civility requires a prior sweeping redistribution of power and property.
As an attempt to civilize the usual dreary experience of bus travel, Botta's scheme combines the rational and the romantic.