20th Century Imperialism

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In the 19th through 20th century, in order to build up already existing nations, new territories had to be acquired, often overseas. This policy of “extending a nation's authority by territorial acquisition or by establishing economic and political hegemony over other nations” is referred to as imperialism. Countries are dominated by the political, economic, or cultural life of another. With its first appearance in the middle of the 19th century, modern imperialism began with Europe, the United States, and Japan exerting their control over other people and places as a means of gaining the upper hand in trade and resources. As major corporations aligned with the government, new methods of imperialism emerged, using trade, investment and business. Physical force and the sending of colonists to new lands were no longer the ways to get what was wanted from some situation, rather, manipulative means were put into use. Nations with empires around the world had considerable power, but little influence on the lives of the peoples they conquered, but that soon changed. Encouraged by the military and economic strength gained from the Industrial Revolution, Europe set out with on a path of aggressive expansion with strong motives and an urge for development, manifesting imperialism throughout Africa and Asia during the 19th and 20th centuries.
As nations continued to expand, there was a race for control of resources, and labor for those resources. At the time, there was no inland
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