Analysis Of ' The Scramble For Africa '

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In a family of six you can be assured that when dessert comes out after a homemade meal that you better be fast so you can get your own share of mamma pecan pie. Even if it is cut into equal pieces there are motivations for wanting more than your fair share. Motivations such as, you missed out on seconds during the main course, you just love her cooking, or you don’t want your siblings to get more than you. These motivations create havoc until mom instructs everyone that, “there will be no fighting over my pie”. It is so interesting that in terms of the fight for a piece of pie, similarities can be drawn to the scramble for Africa. Though there was no one that stood in the place of a mother to tell the European powers that they needed to…show more content…
This can be both a good and bad thing. If there were more cooperation between European countries then markets would rise. This also plays to the factor that if there were a lull in markets that everyone would be affected and this happened. During the 1870’s and 1880’s in Europe, countries experienced a time of deflation. Markets shrunk, as did the price of gold. To remedy this, empires sought out other markets around the world. The obvious answer to this problem was Africa. This fueled the already burning fire of competition that had formed. In the 1870s the United States entered the world markets as well as other foreign powers and started to threaten Great Britain, this ultimately pushed Great Britain to start moving faster in terms of an increased presence and the need for raw materials supplied by the Dark Continent. In Great Britain’s case they started to grab up more of Africa than before due to this competition. With Great Britain’s “free trade” other rising power such as France and Germany realized that they needed to start to protect their sphere of influences. These powers started more of a protectionist policy in the areas that they had established trade in Africa and this started to squeeze out Great Britain in these areas thus limiting trade. This globalization and advancement was a huge major factor that played into the scramble for Africa. The second and maybe the most obvious case for the scramble can be found
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