Was the British Empire a force for good? The British Empire brought many changes to the world, good and bad, to many people in different countries e.g. Africa and India. Some of these changes involved innovations in medical care, education and railways. The British Empire profited from slavery in the eighteenth century, but fought to abolish slavery in the nineteenth century.
(647) We can see the changes in the European nations that occupied Africa and how it might have posed a threat. Africa went from having only the “French Algeria and two British-ruled South African states,” to several European nations. (647) As a result, most of Europe wanted in and an international conference was held in Berlin that partitioned off different parts of Africa and called for countries to respect those boundaries. (648) From here on out, Africa and all other acquired areas suffered under Europe and the rest of the world’s imperialistic motives and models. This way of imperialism helped to create empires out of one’s conquest because it allowed countries to assert their dominance at other’s expense.
After the Spanish-American war, American send troops to stabilize Panama. It resulted with the Hay-Herran treaty. It authorized the United States to build a canal in Panama. Yet, Columbia refused the United States claim in Panama since Panama still belonged them. Thus, United States encouraged the Political rivalry between Bureau-Varilla and Columbia.
Britain once bragged at the Berlin Conference that “the sun never sets on the British empire.” Britain was taking over the world in the 20th century by colonialism. Colonialism occurs when one nation takes control over another. During the Berlin Conference, all of Africa, excluding a few countries, was placed under European control. In Africa, Britain wanted to strip them of their raw materials to benefit their factories and cash crops such as coffee, tea, and cocoa. Although colonialism was viewed negative by farmers who were getting their lands taken away, Kenya did benefit through British colonization.
However, European states are largely blamed for the slave trade, because of the large implications it had on Africa. African kingdoms were exploited for slaves in return for weapons, gunpowder and gold, which doesn’t compare to the millions of people that have been forcibly relocated to work as slaves. In the BBC News article by Will Ross, it is stated that “There has also been an impact on African culture”. With the loss of millions of people, African states had slowly lost their ability to gain economic, social and cultural independence, because as soon as slavery was abolished, European states immediately returned to colonise most of the continent. Ghana is a prime example of a country that had to deal with the burden of the slave trade where “the scene in many rural areas appears to have changed little with grass thatched mud-walled huts”, this is inadvertently caused by the transatlantic slave trade.
The reasons for political was that if you have more land then you 'll have more men for battle and more power. But though that 's true there were others who back stabbed Europe by taking their technology and using it against them. Europe soon lost power but still tried to take over. Europe was mainly trying to rule over Africa to be the best of everyone and be a powerful empire. Europe had forced Africans into working for free, slavery, and had made them work in harsh conditions.
His “Congo Free State” was legally recognized, allowing him full access to the African whilst hiding under false intentions of humanitarianism. With the control he now had, King Leopold was able to exploit Africa and instituted what one can only describe as a reign of terror. When the other European powers became aware of the dark motives behind his actions, they met in Berlin to sign the Berlin Act, which allowed these nations to claim any part of Africa with physical control. At first this led to placidity between nations. However, the scramble for Africa fueled the rivalry to come.
King Leopold of Belgium was unhappy with his native land and the role he played within his kingdom, as other European powers grew their colonial empires all over the globe, King Leopold sought out for his own. When searching, King Leopold had explorer Henry Morton Stanley look for land, in which he would claim the region known as the Congo. Due to the Belgium government and people caring very little about the Congo, the region would become the Kings personal colony. Much how King Leopold eagerly searched for land, Davidson’s film describes the time period known as the “scramble of Africa” were European countries were claiming as much land in Africa as they could. The Berlin Congress in 1884 was a European compromise in the “slicing” up of African
The Big Stick Diplomacy was when Colombia said “No” to building a canal, Roosevelt new that if Panama was an independent country that they would want a canal. So he sent American warships to Panama and scared Colombia away and helped Panama became an independent country. Roosevelt knew that they wanted to break away from Colombia. The warships never fired a shot. At the time Panama was wanting to break away from Colombia.
In his address to Congress on January 5, 1957, President Eisenhower, similar to President Truman, stated his belief that the United States should contribute economically to strengthen free Middle Eastern countries. In this way he hoped, like Truman, to discourage these countries from turning to the Soviet Union and communism to solve troubles. President Eisenhower also said that the United States should provide military aid to Middle Eastern countries who seek such aid (Eisenhower). Again like Truman the reasoning for this was the hope that the aid would help these countries resist any communist force or aggression. Unlike President Truman, Eisenhower called for the United States to put armed forces in the Middle East to protect and secure the independence of Middle Eastern nations from Communist armed aggression (Eisenhower).