Motivations for Imperialism


ECONOMIC motives included the desire to make money



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ECONOMIC motives included the desire to make money, to expand and control foreign trade, to create new markets for products, to acquire raw materials and cheap labor, and to export industrial technology and transportation methods

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POLTICIAL motives were based on a nation’s desire to gain power, to compete with other European countries, to expand territory, to exercise military force, to gain prestige by winning colonies, and to boost national pride

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RELIGIOUS motives included the desire to spread Christianity, to protect European missionaries in other lands, to spread European values and moral beliefs, to educate peoples of other cultures, and to end the slave trade in Africa

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EXPLORATORY motives were based on a desire to explore “unknown” or uncharted territories, to conduct scientific research, to conduct medical searches for the causes and treatment of diseases, to go on an adventure, and investigate unknown cultures

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IDEOLOGICAL motives were based on the belief that the white race was superior, other cultures were “primitive,” Europeans should “civilize” other peoples, great nations should have empires, and only the strongest nations survive







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