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Graded threads history Here's a statement to consider: "Imperialism has been the most powerful force in world history over the last four or five centuries, carving up whole continents while oppressing indigenous peoples and obliterating entire civilizations." Defend or condemn the argument by giving examples of the interaction between Western industrial powers and traditional, non-Western societies. Were these contacts essentially positive or negative? " I agree with the above stated quote, imperialism was the most influential drive in the world and due to the intensity of that force it did end those that were native to that land. For example, the European conquerors spread their territory into the heart of the provinces. When they did come into the land they brought in communicable diseases as well as their own form of sophistication. This then demolished the realm of the Aztecs and the Incas as a result of the Spanish forces on their exploration for gold and silver. “Their own empire left a deep, painful mark on their conquered peoples. Spanish officials, the Spanish language, and Catholic missionary settlements were tangible signs that a distant, alien empire had taken control.” (Brower, 2002, p. 4) Meaning that foreign abnormalities that penetrated the region had seized what was not theirs and in doing so transformed the native’s normalcy and took their lives. This was in essence negative because it devoured a whole cultivation of people. European conquerors had extended their empires far into the interior regions. They brought to the native peoples their own civilization and their own infectious diseases. Spanish forces destroyed the empires of the Aztecs and the Incas in their search for gold and silver. Their own empire left a deep, painful mark on their conquered peoples. Spanish officials, the Spanish language, and Catholic missionary settlements were the tangible signs that a distant, alien empire had taken control. To first get into the discussion of the Age of Imperialism it is first defined as authority or systematic policy that expanses its power over a land by immediate possessive gain or by secondary control over the diplomatic or commercial life of other regions. The Western powers are generally the United States and Europe (Italy, Greece, France, and Germany) and the non-traditional societies are Asia and Africa. World War 1 is said to have been the first 'total' war. What does that mean? And what does it mean for people and nations trying to pick up the pieces and resume normal life? The First World War is still known as the “Great War” in Europe, because the economic dislocations and social forces unleashed by the war had profound effects on the entire global order. Like the millions of wounded veterans left over after

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