The Effects Of Imperialism

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During the early beginnings of the twentieth centuries, powers of the European countries and also the United States helped shape the future of the world. The effects of that time period still have relevance in our world today. Europe was initially the first technological and military authority with the United States soon to follow. One of the main influences in this dominance was the expansion of those countries by utilizing imperialism. Imperialism is defined as “the policy of extending a nation’s authority be territorial acquisition or by establishing economic and political hegemony over other nations” (Kagan 755). To put it more simply imperialism is really overtaking another country and using its geographic location and resources to its own advantage. The main difference of the imperialism during this time period was the use of technological advancements, in contrast to just military dominance over the country being exploited. What truly brought this new type of imperialism is the political changes that took place beginning in the 1850’s. The main changes were Russia losing the Crimean War, France losing to Germany in 1870, and the alliance of Italy and Germany. Overall this brought about competition between the powers…show more content…
New political regimes emerged following the destruction of Germany and Russia. These new dictatorships established across the entirety of Europe. The support for the new dictatorships was strongly supported by the people’s ties to nationalism as well as the frustration of the depression during this time period. Dictators promised a new hope and lead on the platform of social and economic change to increase the overall wellbeing of society as a whole. These rulers had extreme coercive power and control over their respective populations. The issue that arose from this type of never before seen power by the leaders was if the countries could maintain peace between each

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