Imperialism, Nationalism, And Racism

2136 Words Mar 10th, 2015 9 Pages
Although relationships between imperialism, nationalism, and racism have contributed to changes in racism in both Europe and North America from the 1750s to present day, there are several areas in which they have stayed the same.
Early in the 1750s, relationships between imperialism, nationalism, and racism were poised for rapid future change. Initially, the only reason why Europeans bothered with Africa was for trade purposes, which is what the few European colonies in Africa were for: ports and trading posts. The main reason why Europe traded in Africa was for slaves and natural resources. Europeans as the first to industrialize and the first to colonize in far areas of the world, considered themselves superior to other races, but didn’t quite act on it. Nationalistic movements hadn’t started to really begin, but Europeans felt particular fondness for their countries, as to be expected. Jews and blacks were generally disliked and considered inferior. This dislike had been going on for quite some time, especially with Jews, who had been the scapegoat for many various disasters, especially much earlier than the 1750s. Blacks were considered inferior because they were still in slavery. Early in the 1750s, North America was still under European control, and Euro-Americans hadn’t necessarily begun any imperialistic moves of their own (but a spark of North American nationalism later broke North America from European control and formed the United States of America). As for North…
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