Colonialism And European Imperialism In The 19th Century

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Imperialism is not only a movement prevalent throughout history, but also a means for Europe’s superiority complex to shine. Europe began Imperialism as a way of acquiring more land, money and power. Then, in the 19th century, the post-Enlightenment imperialism shifted to the idea that Europeans were helping the underdeveloped and barbaric civilizations to become more modernized and no longer backward. European Imperialism is not only about the takeover of territories for benefit or charity. It was also about cultural Imperialism. Cultural Imperialism from modernized countries was called Westernization. Europeans brought over not only guns, germs, and steel, but also ideas, culture, religion and so much more. Imperialism or the fallout of Imperialism has shaped the world today not only in the physical sense, but the ideology behind it as well. It has encouraged racism, sexism, and the idea of nations and their peoples being better than others. Imperialism from 1850 until the present was a bit different than in previous years. This imperialism was driven more by cultural desires than economic desires, as in the past. Europeans believed that by colonizing and forcing cultural practices and religion on a country that was considered inferior, they were helping them and thereby doing God’s will. One idea that came about in 1859 was Charles Darwin’s natural selection. In his work On the Origin of Species, Darwin outlines natural selection as “any variation, however slight and

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