The Characteristics Of Imperialism

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Imperialism emerged from the early medieval modernization concept that began in the late 16th century post Renaissance and catholic reformation. Imperialism is the practice of extending a country’s power and influence through diplomacy or military force. Imperialism was the idea that perpetuated the colonization of country; colonization involves the domination and subjugation of a group of people by another. Imperialism is the process of indirect political influence or control over weak states by much more powerful ones (Chanda 177). There are several examples of colonial powers, the most influential being Britain, France, Spain and The Netherlands. The imperialist characteristics consisted of the manipulation of weaker states in order to swap …show more content…
In order to attain these raw materials efficiently the Europeans began to import them from other countries, materials such as dyes, cotton, vegetable oils and metal ores from verses (Chanda 177). While the extraction of resources occurred, inhabitants of these territories were subject to harsh conditions, used as slaves if they cooperated or killed if they did not. Colonial products today suffer from deep, widespread poverty, economic instability and archaic institutions as a result of this treatment (Shiva 25). The imperialistic trends exercised by Britain, Spain, France and the Netherlands rapidly advanced their economic development at the expense of many Africa lives. The process of imperialism boosted European economies, creating a world system by which removing autonomy became the most efficient way to stimulate economic development (Chanda 179).

There are many “beneficial” side effects of imperialism, but all of which act in a negative fashion for the underdeveloped country. The internal improvements that were made in the underdeveloped countries invariably seemed to “accidentally” benefit the imperialist country, e.g., railroads, harbours, roads, and canals. The building of highways, railroads, and power plants does not necessarily benefit the underdeveloped country (Coetzee et al 89). It
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Its instrumentality is a world of decision-making in which policy choices are determined by the governments of developed countries and by international institutions that are mainly under their control or influence (Cambell 101). To confront this new imperialism, Africa has to strategize its integration into the global economy. This strategizing must proceed from the recognition that integration into the global world system is a reality, and that what needs to be contested is the nature and manner of this integration.” (Y.Z Ya’u 22). The effects of imperial rule are still exercised today; scholars argue that the modern form of imperialism has perpetuated the emergence of

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