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Imperialism

Whether for economic, nationalist, or humanitarian reasons, more powerful nations have often interfered with the affairs of weaker nations. These more powerful nations, including the
United States, Britain, and several European countries, have in the past exploited less fortunate ones for resources, capital, and knowledge. Yet in return countries located in South America, Africa, and
Southeast Asia have gained the technology and capital that, over a period of time and development, improves their quality of life.

One point of view could be that imperialism results in oppression and abuse. While this is sometimes a temporary side effect of larger nations adopting protectorates, the long term effects
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While Japan was at peace with the
United States, a time called the Meiji Period caused newly learned ideas to change the Japanese government, resulting in the more industrialized and prosperous country we see today.

In the mid-1800s, interference by both Britain and France in Africa opened up great opportunities for all nations. Ali borrowed money from many European nations in order to better
Egyptian society. With this money he created schools, irrigation, and a powerful military. This interference of European nations allowed France to build the Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean and Red seas. Britain obtained control over Egypt and the canal because Egypt was going through a great financial crisis. This allowed European ships to pass through the canal and cut thousands of miles off their travel distance around Africa, bringing a great wealth of trade from Asia that helped all of Europe, especially Britain. This interference both improved the quality of life in Egypt and in the more powerful nations of Europe. It created a needed education system and increased harvests for Egypt, providing further evidence that such interference should be permitted.

Probably the greatest achievement of Imperialism would be that of Indian independence.
Intervening by Britain in India resulted in the rising to fame of Ghandi, and the non-violent rebellion that followed. Britain’s interference led to oppression of
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