World history: The change in Imperialism Essay

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World history: The change in Imperialism

Social, economic, and political change altered the nature of imperialism in three principal ways. One was the amplified need for natural resources, two was the new understanding of economics, and three was the expanding sense of what it meant to be civilized. All of these events and ideas were lead up to by the industrial revolution. The industrial revolution altered the course of history in numerous ways but the most significant is certainly that of imperialism.

The industrialization created a rise in population and thus a rise in demand. This in it of itself did not lead to the need for conquest but it was certainly a contributing factor. The Industrial revolution began to produce goods that were cheaper and faster to make. Countries associated with the Industrial Revolution needed material to produce goods, and especially with the new increase in demand they needed a new source. “The enormous productivity of industrialization technology and Europe’s growing affluence now created a need for extensive natural resources and agriculture.”(880) Hence they took over various parts of Africa. Africa however was not the only place the Europeans went for new resources, they also conquered places in the Middle East, Asia, and eventually the American colonies. Another way the amplified need for resources contributed to the change in imperialism is that it influenced the idea capitalism and capitalism basically thrives on the takeover…