Can you read this paragraph and tell me what it means? There's a lot of big words in it and I generally don't understand any of it. thanks!!
Mill's colonial romance chartered a story of unfolding enlightenment, in which a vanguard of far-sighted "philosophical legislators" transcended a reactionary past, opening up new vistas of human possibility. It was an optimistic story, untroubled by misgivings or doubt. Melancholic colonialism, in contrast, was marked by anxiety, even despondency, about the direction of (colonial) history, but it ultimately refused to reject the ideal, suggesting that the worst excesses could be mitigated, if not eradicated entirely. The transition occurred in the last decade of mill's life, and was engendered above all by his increased awareness of the pathologies of colonialism, and especially the prevalence of settler violence. It signals an important shift in the way in which he conceived of the ethico-political potential of colonization.'