European Control And Power Over Other Nations Essay

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European control and power over other nations, and overseas nations, was not a new ideal prior to 1870; in fact the process was in place as early as the 14th century. Many factors led to the massive rise in imperialism after 1870. European Imperialism, new imperialism, came from the capitalistic greed for cheap supplies, cheap raw materials, dominant markets, and good investments. These ideas motivated the search for new markets Not only was the cheap production of goods a motivating factor for imperialism, but the quest for markets to sell manufactured goods contributed as well. Taking this greed into consideration, the desire to expand authority and power over other nations, by land acquisition or economic and political control, increased. Going along with this greed was the drive to expand authority by land acquisition or economic and political control over other nations. Europeans often denied the capitalistic greed as a factor in the cause of imperialism and had other ways of defining the motivation. Many stated that Imperialism was the natural effect of the idea of ‘survival of the fittest.’ This is best represented by Rudyard Kipling in the book ‘White Man’s Burden,’ which describes the notion that European Imperialism was simply the natural way that stronger nations gained power and those unable to keep up would be taken over.
The Industrial Revolution also played a huge role in European imperialism. European nations had ease dominating…

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