Rubber and Empire Lecture outline, 1/7/10 I. Imperialism II. Politics of empire: domestic and international III. Empire and industry IV. Crimes against humanity Imperialism : The forcible occupation of territories in order to further national economic and political aims. From 1875-1914, important “new imperialists” included Britain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the United States and Japan. Politics of empire: domestic and international International politics of empire : 1) Competition for resources and markets led to a kind of colonial arms race: occupying vast territories and building up especially naval power. 2) Finite nature of land and resources meant that at some point, colonial powers would come into direct conflict over possession. This set the stage for WWI. Domestic politics of empire : 1) New colonial products increased the standard of living for European populations, especially the working class. 2)
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