Reasons For Imperialism In The 1800s

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Imagine yourself being a ruler of one of the European nations in the 1800s. You control numerous nations, in Africa, all under your full control. Now, why did you go and take over these nations? Nationalism? Competition? Or simply for Social Darwinism? Despite all these reasons, what you did is called imperialism. Imperialism is a policy of extending a country’s power and influence through diplomacy or military force. In the 1800s, countries in Europe were scrambling for Africa and land grabbing whatever piece of land they can get. The European nations were claiming that they were “civilizing” the Africans and bringing them towards civilization and a more civilized manner. The three main motivations why they would do this would be, nationalism,

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