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Ethan N. Brown Grade: 9 Date: 4-13-2017 Causes of imperialism During the Industrial Revolution, Europe and the United States needed resources for producing goods. They would get many of these resources from Asia, Africa, and Latin America Economic competition between European nations; needed new markets to sell their goods European Empires needed colonies to show their greatness and to get more resources Social Darwinism - The idea of survival of the fittest and that those who survive are superior to others Many Europeans believed in social Darwinism and that they needed to bring their technologies and ideals to other nations Needed to christianize people of Asia and Africa
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Unformatted text preview: ● Needed to civilize and westernize non western nations What enabled imperialism ? ● Western nations typically had advanced weapons due to their superior technology ● Steam powered gunboats could attack even inland targets ● Repeating rifles, machine guns, and explosives gave European armies an extreme advantage ● Asian and African armies could not create such technology ● Great Empires of Asia and Africa were weakening ● The Mughal Empire declined after 1707 ● The Ottoman Empire had lost strength in the 1700s ● The Chinese Qing Dynasty face rebellions and put up very little resistance against European armies...
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