Causes Of Imperialism

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What was the motive behind colonial expansion? What is as link between imperialism and colonial expansion? These questions arise a fierce discussion among historians over the last century. The classical view believes that economic is the main motive behind colonization. Furthermore, some of the proponents of this idea equalize imperialism to colonial expansion. The other view over colonization claims that the strategic forces were essential momentum of the colonization. Nonetheless, the studies over the Victorian era and colonization suggest that the interests of the private sectors as well as proconsuls pushed the western state towards colonization. This paper, first, will look at the leading proponents of classical argument. Afterwards, the second and third precepts of colonization will be discussed. Furthermore, we will look at the unique case during the colonization era which is Dutch colonization and micro and macro incentives that driven the Netherlands to Indonesia. Finally, we will look at the imperialism in today world and conclusion of the paper. Between 1870 and1914 the modern concept of imperialism was introduced by Richard Koebner, he defines imperialism as a combination of the economic expansion as well as militarism which allowed to sprawl of country(Stokes, 1969). One of the founders of classical view is Lenin; he believes that imperialism is inevitable stage of capitalism. Capitalism creates monopoly and monopoly finance capitalism. Colonization brings
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