Imperialism Negative Effects

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“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others,” renowned Athenian leader, Pericles, once said. His words reflect upon the various events over the course of human history that has led to the change of countries and its people for eternity. One such major period in time illustrating this was Imperialism. Imperialism has led industrial power houses such as Britain and the U.S towards progression. Yet, the desire for further development paved its way towards invasion and exploitation of less mechanized countries. From an innocent step towards innovation, it took the turn for the worse and served the few at great expense of many. The negative effects of imperialism outweigh its positive…show more content…
During the early 19th and 20th century, industrialization and innovation from the Industrial Revolution of the 1700s demanded for more resources and labor. The leading forces of industrialization, Britain and France being the frontrunners, viewed imperialism as a means to gain more capital and secure foreign markets by seeking cheap sources of raw materials. “The economic interests, tied with ultra-nationalistic sentiment, pushed towards the building of huge worldwide empires” (The consequences of imperialism) and thus led to the ascent of imperialism, the main reason why expansionist states benefitted from the colonized territories. Additionally, the Europeans took up the “white-man’s burden” to colonize the less civilized states and supposedly “industrialize and enlighten” them from their past obscure cultures. This idea led to the vast colonization of Asia, Africa, the Polynesia, and parts of the Americas, where the imperialists established ruling bodies, and changed the course of these countries…show more content…
President William McKinley once stated, “We could not leave them to themselves-they were unfit for self-government- and they would soon have anarchy and misrule over there worse than Spain’s was… there was nothing left for us to do but to take them all and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them.” Is this genuine? When certain countries need help, is invading them and exploiting their people and resources the answer? British invaded China because of its rich tea, silk and porcelain. They traded opium, an addictive drug to the Chinese in exchange for these luxuries. Due to the deceitful barter system, China suffered from addiction and war with other countries who desired for opium. President Wiliam McKinley’s statement contradicted the actions and mindset of the imperialists. By stating that countries with its own history, culture and organization need to be educated and Christianized conveys that imperialists were blinded by only the benefits. If the concern was authentic, imperial powers should have willingly helped without the need to enter by force. The ‘eagle’ should land gently and help carry and burden, not increase

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