Factors For European Imperialism

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European imperialism rapidly increased in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries due to economic, political, and social forces. Technology from the industrial revolution started and advanced the desire for more control that European nations obtained. Economic forces such as “survival of the fittest”, political forces like powers of the government and wars, and also social forces such as segregation of races all contributed to imperialism. Political factors played the strongest part in spreading and increasing imperialism. In Focus on World History: The Era of the First Global Age and Revolution by Phan Thanh Gian, the french imperialism was explained. “The French have immense warships, filled with soldiers and armed with huge cannons. No one can resist them. They go where they want, the strongest ramparts fall before them.” Here, Phan is talking about how the French are feared by many, and are able to gain control of many different places. Through war and their weapons, France was able to extend their power, which made them imperialistic. In The Christian Advocate “Interview with President William McKinley” by General James Rusling, McKinley explains that the U.S had no choice but to take over the Philippines. “We could not leave them to themselves. They were unfit for self-government. There was nothing left for us to do but to take them over . . .We could uplift and civilize and Christianize them.” McKinley believes that the U.S. did the Philippines a

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