Imperialism And Militarism

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Writing in 1912, Karl Liebknacht warns, “All the international conflicts have been brought to their greatest point of intensity. Like a cyclone, imperialism spins across the globe,” and describes the alarming act that is New Imperialism. Historians characterize this nineteenth century phenomena by a flood of newly industrialized countries aiming to gain influence over a foreign group of distant and less-developed people. European countries, motivated by the need to protect their country’s own interests from other similarly economically advanced European countries, strove to increase their power, profit, and popularity through imperialism. This imperialism resulted from the stagnating Second Industrial Revolution, which previously countered …show more content…
Militarism “besides affecting the relations of the powers with another,” it also changed a country 's relations with the rest of the world. Militarism had such vast ramifications and one of the major issues resulted in the Anglo-German naval arms race. This ‘head-to-head competition’ that began in 1906 created battleships and gunboats that embodied the success of the Second Industrial Revolution and economic effects of new imperialism. The conflict also symbolized the deterioration in relations between two strong nations due to an obsession focused around being the top naval power. The production of more ships also meant that land to dock these large vessels was needed by the industrial powers. This lead to further conquest to construct naval bases, especially of smaller islands, creating a cyclical process. A country would gain the economic foundation to produce more arms, including ships, which needed territory to dock, which increased the sphere of influence for the country. When a sphere of influence increased and borders grew, coming closer to other industrialized power, the threat of being out-competed rose. This led to an increase in militarism as it would prevent a loss if a military conflict was to occur. This lead to an alliance system. The alliance system was created when countries were reaching limits on their expansion and ability to grow their

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