The “New” Imperialism (1800-1914)
From 1770-1900: England took 50 Colonies, France 33, Germany 13, US 6, The Netherlands 4, Russia, 3, Italy 3, Spain 3, Japan 2, Portugal 2 and Belgium 1. •
“The sun never sets on the British Empire.” (Edward VII) •
Old Imperialism vs. New Imperialism: old imperialist states, though brutal and repressive at times, lacked the power to dominate their colonies (think Spanish in the Americas). However, with the combination of the Industrial Revolution, the unification of nation-states and a period of sustained economic prosperity, the new imperialists set their eyes on a more comprehensive form of domination. In short, M + N = I.
Causes of New Imperialism
Economic Benefits: the industrial revolution cried for raw materials and output markets ii.
Political Apprehension: once the race for colonies was on, nations were compelled to enter the race in fear of being left in the dust (Africa). iii.
Military Might: the industrial machine mass produced new and exciting military technologies. Steam powered vessels needed coaling stations and islands and ports around the world were in demand. iv.
Psychological Motivations: superiority feels good and fear and anxiety feel bad. Moreover, there is a certain pride and glory to the fight—especially when it is the fight for civilization v.
Curiosity: adventurers wanted to experience (and dominate) other cultures. vi.
Capitalism: imperialism is the natural manifestation of capitalism. Corporations, with government aid, profited brilliantly. Enter multinational corporations. vii.
Social Darwinism: application of natural selection to the human species. European races were destined to follow their natural order and uplift and strengthen humankind viii.Humanitarian Concerns: missionaries and doctors felt compelled to civilize their “little brown brothers”.
The Success of Western Imperialism (1870- 1914)
Weakness of Non-Western States
The Ottoman Middle East
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