Robinson and Gallagher’s article concerning informal empires is correct in claiming that informal empires played a large part in European Imperialism. Before their article was written, the era of imperialism was categorized solely by the effects of colonization. However, the recognition of informal empires allows for historians to more fully understand the prominent role manipulation and greed played in European Imperialism. The relationship between European Powers, especially Britain, and the countries they wished to have in their orbit is crucial in understanding just how Europe became the monopolizing continent. Not only did informal empires provide knowledge of and spread influence for colonizer countries, but it was the knowledge about
European states also used the previous ideas from the Enlightenment period to reject traditional methods, for new revolutionary ideas that applied to all aspects of society. Not only did Europe change politically and economically, but it created new ideals that changed the social system in Europe forever. The emerging middle class and labor classes were a direct correlation to the economic system in Europe. Despite being their own different identities, they all played a role in the form... ... middle of paper ... ...o centuries ago, people were placed into a class system by birth. In the 1880’s people were able to move social up and down the class system, which sparked social reform and protests by socialist supports.
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