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History 20 Lecture 3: The New Imperialism I. What’s “new” about the New Imperialism? Traditionally, empire-building involved: Plunder Trade Conquering territory, both settled and unsettled Critical characteristics of the New Imperialism practiced by new European powers of the nineteenth century included the following: Europeans went into global territories, restructuring production in targeted territories to gain access to raw materials, markets, and cheap labor. Although the events in different locations varied, the processes of the New Imperialism often began with warfare; mastery of new forms of technology and their application to warfare were critical components of success. The goals of the New Imperialism were to aid in the continued expansion of new capitalist economies at home in the most powerful and economically advanced countries. Notions of the importance of “free trade” (laissez faire) on a global scale also propelled the process. The results of the New Imperialism were as follows: Large regions of the world experienced restructuring of their commercial and/or production processes. Collection of new tax revenues on trade and production in the target territories was also an important result. Some areas were colonized, experiencing political takeover and complete political restructuring.
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This note was uploaded on 07/26/2010 for the course HIS hist 20 taught by Professor Ying during the Spring '09 term at Riverside Community College.

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Lecture 3 text-only version - History 20 Lecture 3: The New...

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