Imperialism

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Imperialism

Category : Causes of WWI

cartoon--imperialism-1885-grangerImperialism is when a country takes over new lands or countries and makes them subjects to their rule. Imperialists in Europe were mainly strong nations in Europe, especially Britain, France, and also Russia in Asia. These countries were heading to raw materials for technology and economic improvements.

As a newly developed country, Germany had less colonies then Britain, which was a strong country for already hundreds of years. Since the new resources (amount of country to be colonized) were limited, Germany found out that wherever they were trying to expand their territory, either Britain or France has already colonized the country that Germany wanted. As the chancellor of Germany at that time Bernhard von Bülow said in his speech: “ We do not want to put anyone in our shadow, but we also demand our place in the sun.” (GHDI – Document), Germany demanded more lands for colonies.

Because of the desire of gaining more land for European countries, competition started forming between these countries and the tension between them increased.

Here is a graph showing countries all over the world being colonized by European countries.world1914r


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