During the 1800s, Great Britain's empire expanded to include India, other part of Asia, and parts of Africa. Great Britain's colonial rule had both positive and negative effects on the colonial empire. Despite imperialism having negative connotation by definition (a policy of extending a country's power and influence through diplomacy or military force), it doesn't always have a negative effect.
The Berlin Conference, that was a conference held in Berlin (the lack of creativity of historians continues) was held to shape up Africa to countries that had the highest bid on the African regions. Britain who had the most money, strongest army and was known as the “the empire on which the sun never sets” due to its large land mass, was quite intimidating. …show more content…
As seen in document 4a, it presents an advertisement for Liptons teas, these teas they were promoting contained ceylon. Ceylon is a spice native to India. This made India a large target because Europeans enjoy their tea! Along with the political and economic uprisings that occurred because of this, social issues arose as well. The poem “white man's burden” written by Rudyard Kipling, portrayed the message that it's the white man's duty to civilize the rest of the world. Rydard exhorted this message by saying “Take up the White Man’s burden send forth the best ye breed go send your sons to exile to serve your captives' need.” (in the very first stanza). The importance of positioning of the direct quote, makes the reader become more influenced by what Rudyard was trying to convey. Throughout the imperialistic era, nearly all of the new settlements established by the west, were caused of jealousy and …show more content…
Modernization occurred throughout almost all of Africa due to western nations conquering the African land. Modernization is usually sought out to be a benefit towards a nation, it also tends to be a detriment. For example; Japan with their military. If Commodore Matthew Perry never went into Japan to open trade with the west, Japan never would've developed or knew about the western way of life. Although history does not have definite answers, I believe if Japan never got involve with westernized ideas, the Sino-Japanese war never would have occurred. Japan wouldn't have stood a chance against the Chinese military, nor would have even attempted at conquering Korea. However, that is not how it happened. Japan with their new military, and their new government system became a powerhouse nation. Besides the progression Japan made, African life was turned around in a complete 360, Indian life was altered as well. As seen in document 7, Ghandi states “we are kept in a state of slavery.” Whether Gandhi was saying this figuratively, implying that his life under British rule was miserable, or literally meant he was a slave, you can tell that life wasn't very pleasant for the Indians. Because of these changes, cultural diffusion occurred drastically among many nation that had been held
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Modern imperialism can be described that is was never good. When a nation took over a smaller nation for economic, political, or social reason, they were imperialistic, creating the oppressors and oppressed system of the mother and colonized nations. As expected they changed the modern world plenty and pretty much made it a harder world to live during that time. It depends on a person’s point of view. Some may think it was positive overall, but it only led to things in this world that were negative. Even though modern imperialism occurred more than 100 years ago, it still affects us on how our nations were broken down.
Practice what you preach! The Unites States preaches democracy, freedom, liberty and justice by all. Our ancestors fled England to gain these basic rights and establish a land of liberty and justice for all. As I study history, I have come to question whether we, as a country, really live by these principles. By the late 1800s the United States had become a world power with the ability to influence other countries and expand to new lands by using it military and economic powers; America was divided on how to use this power and influence. Expansion or isolation seemed to be the most argued political themes of the early 1900s. Europeans had drawn satisfaction from fulfilling a self-imposed “civilizing” mission to spread Western culture and
Conquest and colonization has always played a role in the history of European powers. Throughout the centuries many different European empires have attempted to make their mark on multiple different continents. Some have found success, while others have failed. One case in particular, in which European nations could not quite find stability, was in North America. Factors such as the American Revolution, U.S. westward expansion, and the Monroe Doctrine pushed European nations out of North America. Afterwards, the late 19th century marked the beginning of New Imperialism. As New Imperialism began, Africa became important to European nations in their “Scramble for Africa”.
Africa has had a long and tumultuous road of colonization and decolonization the rush to colonize Africa started in the 17th century with the discovery of the vast amounts of gold, diamonds, and rubber with colonization hitting a fever pitch during World War I. However, the repercussions of colonization have left deep wounds that still remain unhealed in the 21st century. Early on, European nations such as Britain, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany and Belgium scrambled for territories. Countries wanted land so they could harvest the resources, increase trade, and gain power. The European colonization of Africa brought racism, civil unrest, and insatiable greed; all of which have had lasting impacts on Africa.
When it comes to imperialism and colonialism, Great Britain is a major employer of the two concepts. Though, at one point in history many regions of the influential country was ruled over by another. The entity which ruled over the kingdoms of England and Wales for over four centuries was the Holy Roman Empire.
Historically, Imperialism has been a tool, used by Europeans to successfully exploit indigenous populations for monetary gain. To the Europeans, this practice was extremely beneficial, and resulted in a bolstered economy that funded even further colonial exploits. However, to the indigenous populations, this practice decimated cultures, lifestyles, and disrespected many basic human rights that were supposed to be upheld by the so-called “superior races.”
The presidency of William McKinley consisted of strict imperialistic policies that would benefit the advancement of American ideals. A new nation with new power began expansion both militarily and physically through an acquisition of influence in foreign territories. Under McKinley, these American influences spanned across borders in order to enhance the country’s ability to adapt to world change. These advancements in American society abruptly halted on September 6, 1901. As Leon Czolgosz assassinated President McKinley, America would reach a stalemate, and the future of the country would rest in the hands of former Vice President Theodore Roosevelt. While McKinley was one of the most respected presidents since Abraham Lincoln, Roosevelt attempted to further advance McKinley’s original beliefs through imperialism. While the assassination tragically impacted America’s forthcoming years, it
The end of the American Civil War saw the country enter a period of isolationism , during which the nation sought to heal itself and regain internal stability. The conflict had left many states ravaged by war and resentment still lingered on both sides. In an effort to reunify the country, Americans chose to concentrate on domestic issues rather than international matters. During this time of reconstruction in America, there arose a small following of persons dedicated to bringing about an American Monarchy. These men became dubbed imperialists, because they sought to turn America into an empire, in the traditions of Caesar’s Roman Empire. While the movement never garnered enough serious support to become viable, it did spur much debate over
"We cannot sit huddled within our own borders and avow ourselves merely an assemblage of well-to-do hucksters who care nothing for what happens beyond. Such a policy would defeat even its own end; for as the nations grow to have ever wider and wider interests, and are brought into closer and closer contact, if we are to hold our own in the struggle for naval and commercial supremacy, we must build up our Dower without our own borders." 1899, Theodore roosevelt his book, The Strenuous Life.
One country that had imperialism was India. By the mid-1880s, the British East India Company controlled three fifths of India. The cause of British domination was that the land was very diverse and the people could not unite and that the British either paid local princes or used weapons to get control. Positive effects of imperialistic rule in India were that the British set up a stronger economy and more powerful industries. They built roads and railroads. British rule brought peace and order to the countryside. They revised the legal system to promote justice for the Indians regardless of class. Indian landowners and princes, who still owned territory grew rich from exporting cash crops such as cotton and jute. The British introduced the telegraph and the postal system as a means of communication. These improvements and benefits from British rule eventually lead to Indian nationalism. The exposure to European ideas caused an Indian nationalist movement, the people dreamed of ending Imperial ...
The British Empire is the largest empire ever seen on the face of this planet. The empire was divided into two. The first part of the empire revolved around the British colonies in America that were popularly known as the thirteen colonies. These gained independence from Britain in 1783. The second part of the empire, which developed from the first empire, came later. It started during the Napoleonic wars and survived throughout the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century. In fact, the British withdrew from its last colony, Hong Kong, in 1997; indeed the empire lasted for a long time. It developed from India and spun to regions of Africa and Australia. The influence and the power of the empire spun around the world shaping it in different ways. This influence is still evident in many places that fell under its control (Ferguson, 2004). To many people the world is the way it is due to the effects of the British Empire. Certainly, this empire just like other numerous empires before it and after it had triumphs and humiliations; however, the fact that this empire had numerous good effects cannot be overemphasized. The empire impacted positively on Britain and the colonies.
British imperialism on India had many positive and negative affects on both the mother country, Britain and the colony, India. Many people would argue which effects were more prominent in these countries and some would agree that they were equal. But in both cases there were actually both.
There is no doubt that British imperialism had a large impact on India. From positive affects to negative affects, British colonized India. It all started around the 1600’s when the British East India Company entered India only as traders, they entered what was known the Mughal Empire. Around the 1757 Battle of Plassey the Mughal empire fell (Carrick) and it was only a matter of time until the British Raj took their once in a lifetime chance. Economically, Britain imposed very high tariffs even though they provided modern technology and increased the production of goods. Britain created famine in India, although because of Britain education was brought to a higher level. Politically, Britain had most of the control in the Indian government, although they created a much more stronger one than the one that was in use before the British came.
During the 19th century, European countries were implementing a new form of imperialism on many areas. Through this process these European countries gained a lot of power. Some of the areas that were affected from imperialism form the European countries was Asia especially was China and Japan. Asia was a huge area for imperialism, but both China and Asia were very appealing areas to colonize. Both countries reacted differently towards western imperialism, which would change their fates regarding foreign relations and the future of their nation. Japan accepted imperialism and it led them to become a world power and China was against the Western ways and therefore being used by Europe. In this paper I will discuss why China and Japan experienced different fates in the age of imperialism.
In terms of political changes, European imperialism negatively affected Africa. Firstly, European colonization created enormous conflict between colonists and the African people. African resistance to “The Scramble for Africa” lead to the instability of Africa’s political structure. There was ineffective resistance of the African people against the Europeans. In an attempt to regain their independence, Africans took up arms against their colonial masters as soon as they perceived them to be at a disadvantage. In southern Africa, in The Republic of Namibia, the Herero people rose against German rule in 1904, killing over 100 German settlers and traders. German commander, General von Trotha, retaliated with a war aimed simply at extermination. This resulted in the decline of 70% of the Herero population.1 Nowhere else was colonialism quite so brutal, but almost everywhere it tended towards unrestrained brutality as soon as it was challenged.2 Warfare created considerable unrest among African people. Afterwards, the people of Africa came to the realization that the consequences of resistance against European colonists could be devastating. As well, the Europeans demonstrated that they had the technology and resources to gain control. Secondly, colonial expansion changed the face of Africa’s political structure. The Berlin Conference of 1884-85, attended by 13 European nations and the USA, set the ground rules for partition of Africa. When the conferenc...