The Successes of European Imperialism
At the height of their power, the British Empire consisted of half the world. But how did it get there, and where exactly is “there”? With Europe having just undergone the Industrial Revolution, it needed resources to fuel its economy. The fact that Europe had gone through an Industrial Revolution and nowhere else had gave them an advantage over the rest of the world. The successes of European imperialism were many. It gave a few power over many, it fuelled Europe’s economy, and it spread Western influence across the globe. Above all, it Westernized the world, a fact that remains today, while the rest do not.
It is easy to tell at a glance, how much the world has been Westernized. The easiest way to tell is the widespread English language. Once upon a time, there was only one country who spoke this language – an island in Europe. But now, you’d be hard-pressed to find a country where no one speaks English. Even in China, you can easily get English interpreters. English is one of the official languages of dozens of countries around the globe. Another influence from Europe that has now proceeded to sweep the globe is Christianity. It started out as a predominantly European religion, and is now the most common religion in the world. This was another marvelous success of the spreading of western influence. There was also a flood of other, minor, western influences that have traversed the planet. People all over the world dress like Westerners, do business like Westerners, do science like Westerners, and many other things. This is significant because it unified the world to a degree. Why? Because of imperialism. These few Europeans spread their way of life to the many around the world.
Secondly, it is astonishing how a few small countries in Europe could hold sway over dozens of larger countries around the globe. This in itself is a remarkable success. Controlling the world the way the Europeans did is no easy feat....
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