The Age of Imperialism

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Imperialism was a time period in which more developed nations colonized less developed nations. The developed nations took advantage of the less developed nations resources, people, lands, and much more. Many countries lost their freedom and independence due to imperialism, however, they also received new technologies and innovations. Since there were many nations involved, there were many attributes that led up to imperialism. Firstly, the Europeans wanted economic expansion. Since the industrial revolution had taken place, the Europeans were in need of more natural resources. They also wanted new markets for the sake of selling industrial products. To achieve this they had to look for more places outside of Europe and colonize it. At the time, there had been many competitions between other nations. Strong and developed nations like Europe, would have rivalries between other strong and developed nations. Also, there was a sort of theme going around where it was needed to present the power of one's nation. This was the theme for many developed nations. The Europeans were facing overproduction and under consumption. This led to a need for new markets and need for new consumers. They were also in need for raw materials. Materials such as tin, rubber, gold, oil, copper, and cotton. Some nations had these resources easily available. This interested the strong and powerful nations who were lacking these materials. The Europeans needed to acquire profitable and cheap labor somehow. They knew that workers in foreign lands would be perfect. Not only were cheap laborers needed, but also profitable and cheap land. Goods such as tea, oranges, coffee, bananas, and chocolate were at high demand. The easiest way to acquire all of their desi... ... middle of paper ... .... The Tools of Empire: Technology and European Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century. NYC.: Oxford University Press, 1981.Print. Kipling Rudyard. "The White Man's Burden." McClure's. 1899:Print. Lenin, Vladimir, I. Imperialism, The Highest Stage of Capitalism. Zürich.: Znaniye Publishers, 1917. Internet Modern History Sourcebook. Web. 29 November 2013. Mitchener, Kris, J. "Politics and trade: evidence from the age of imperialism." CEPR, 11 April 2008. Web. 30 November 2013. Porter, Andrew. European Imperialism, 1860-1914. Basingstoke, Hants.: Palgrave Macmillan, 1996. Print. Stott, Anne. "Europe 1700-1914: A Continent Transformed." University of London, 7 March 2011. Web. 30 November 2013. Various Authors. The Devilfish in Egyptian Waters. 1892. The Granger Collection, NYC, Graphite on paper. 29 November 2013.

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