The Impacts Of Imperialism

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The treatises of imperialism, like other social subjects, have caused many controversies among those who are deeply interested despite their diverse national backgrounds. Nonetheless, no matter how heated debates the subject has raised, it is essential to fully deal with it based on historical sources. This paper will decode imperialism from the following primary sources to help people better understand the impacts of imperialism on the world’s politics, economies and cultures: John A. Hobson’s Imperialism: A Study, Vladimir Illyich Lenin’s Imperialism, The Highest Stage of Capitalism, Jules Ferry’s On French Colonial Expansion, Rudyard Kipling’s The White Man’s Burden, American Anti-Imperialism League’s Platform of the American Anti¬-Imperialist…show more content…
He argued, like other imperialism advocates, that France needed foreign lands to consume his excessive commodities because Germany and the United States had built up trade barriers. To the French, not only were their own markets shrinking, but also other great states were trying to take over the French markets. Therefore, it was necessary for France to take serious measures against such threat. Furthermore, he believed that it was the duty of the higher races to civilize the lower races, which led to the colonization of areas including Africa and Asia. Finally, Ferry also contended that as many other great states expanded their territories, France needed to build their naval bases around the world to compete at the world political stage; otherwise, France would face serious challenges from other powers. Although Ferry was left-wing politician, he justified his support for the French imperialism based on the French national interests. To Ferry, national interests were first priority.

Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem, The White Man’s Burden, to express that imperialism was the obligation of the western powers to receive God’s blessings to civilize the savages. Imperialism was the way to save the uncivilized out of poverty and wretched lives. The success of imperialism indeed could lead to the advancement of the human
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