LO-06 AFP Age of Imperialism-1

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The Age of Imperialism LO-06 General Imperialist expansion of the 19th influenced by 3 major factors Economic conditions & attitudes Social Darwinism Race for Empire By mid-19 th C Industrial Revolution well under way Revolutionary changes in tech & business org had revolutionary consequences Inter alia : Industrial nations could produce more than they could consume Many shared the same econ views emerging in the US Failure to export might lead to an economic calamity. Exports meant increased profits Export might relieve social unrest caused by Colonies added to the overall wealth and prosperity of the nation Like America, Europeans concerned they might be left behind in quest for empire Impact on International Relations Industrialism Improvements in Trans & Comm bound nations closer together It also increased Intl tensions Businessmen 2
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Demanded policies that fostered profit Sought voice in determining policies Indust Revol increased stds of living But aggravated unemployment, low wages, & bad working conditions Political impact: industrial workers clamored for the right to work, to organize, to strike, to vote Social & political thought at the time could be grouped into 4 main schools. Liberal School of Thought Exponents of laissez-faire “If worker wanted econ security & political stability, he should win these thru his own efforts by becoming rich enough to obtain them” Moderate School of Thought Believe state should occasionally undertake benevolent reforms to assist workers Utopian Socialist School of Thought Advocated peaceful but radical change “Socialist workshops” owned & operated by workers w/financial assistance from state Revolutionary Socialists Advocated violent & inevitable class war of the kind predicted by Marx and Engels in the 1848 Communist Manifesto Indeed - Many of great econ & pol issues of time still w/us today Industrialization raised questions concerning: Role of govt as an ordering & leveling force in econ
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2012 for the course INTA 3110 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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LO-06 AFP Age of Imperialism-1 - The Age of Imperialism...

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