Imperialism

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Guns blaze across the battlefield, hammers bang against the new factories, and steam engines roar across uncharted waters. Imperialism in European countries was a turning point in the world and its future. “Imperialism is the domination by one country of the political, economic, or cultural life of another country or region. Often imperialism occurs when a stronger country supports or takes over a weaker country.” (1) Imperialism affected many different parts of the world and people in many different ways. Under ‘New Imperialism’ European countries decided they would use aggressive tactic to pursue their customs to other countries. However, each country that imperialized had three specific reasons that would benefit their country. Economic interests, political and military interests, and humanitarian and religious goals were all reasons for New Imperialism. The economic result of imperialism would grant manufacturer’s access to natural resources allowing them to expand their markets across the globe. Colonies helped expand Europe’s population, which helped support the economy. New steam ships and naval vessels needed places worldwide to pick up and exchange supplies. Some land and knowledge was used only for prestige of having more than another country. Many people, such as missionaries, doctors, and colonial officials believed it was their job to spread Western ideas including medicine, law, and Christian religion. They showed their compassion in distributing their ideas beyond the sea to their “little brothers” in distant countries. European countries often used Social Darwinism as a reason to improve weaker countries and peoples. Industrialization was successful because diverse lands were unable to unite which ... ... middle of paper ... ...alistic tools and use them in modern scenes. From the Industrial Revolution to today, we can observe the differences and similarities in lifestyles of the past to make the best decisions for our country for today and in the future. Works Cited 1) Bisbee: Imperialism Notes: Building Overseas Empires & the Partition of Africa- pg 1. (The New Imperialism) 2) Bisbee: Imperialism Notes: Building Overseas Empires & the Partition of Africa- pg. 2 (Forms of Imperial Control) 3) Bisbee: Imperialism Notes: Building Overseas Empires & the Partition of Africa- pg. 2 (Forms of Imperial Control) 4) Bisbee: Japan Modernizes Notes- pg.3 (The Meiji Transformation: Changes in Society) 5) Bisbee: European Claims in Muslim Regions pg. 1 (Problems for the Ottoman Empire: Nationalist Revolution Breaks Out) 6) Bisbee: China and the New Imperialism pg. (The Boxer Uprising)

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