What is Imperialism?
What is imperialism? In your attempt to define imperialism, reflect on the political, economic, religious and other factors involved in the expansion of the industrial nations. How have intellectuals, politicians, and commentators defined it? What is new about the "new" imperialism?
Sources for Question One
John P. McKay, et al. A History of World Societies; 5th ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999. Read Chapter 27, but pay special attention to pp. 841-853.
Also consult Gerald Rempel, "The New Imperialism."
Ottoman Empire and European Expansion, 1500-1800:
Imperialism and the Balance of Power, 1914:
Africa, Imperial Boundaries, 1914:
Japanese Sphere of Co-Prosperity, 1938:
Extent of Colonialism, 1939
Terms, Concepts, People
Define and identify the following:
- new imperialism
- White Man's Burden
- Rudyard Kipling
- John Hobson
- Joseph Schumpeter
- Alfred T. Mahan
- Spanish-American War
- Explain John Hobson's view of imperialism.
- How does Alfred Mahan's account of sea power fit into late-nineteenth century global political calculations?
- To what extent does Rudyard Kipling's poem, "White Man's Burden," reflect the attitude of the industrial world?
Theories of Imperialism
Ferry, Premier Jules. Le Tonkin et la mere-patrie: Temoignages et documents; translated by Robin Winks. Paris: Victor-Havard, 1890.
Hobson, John. "Imperialism" (1902).
Lenin, V. I. Imperialism: The Highest State of Capitalism 1916
Rhodes Astride Africa
British Imperialistic Anthems
Blunt, Wilfred. "Britain's Imperial Destiny" (1896-1899)
Mahan, A. T. The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1890.
Program of the Pan-German League (1890-1898)
Prince Ukhtomskii. "Russia's Imperial Destiny," 1891
German political cartoon of 1890s indicating that German imperial order replaced African chaos.
Macaulay, Thomas. "On Empire and Education," 1833
Kipling, Rudyard. "White Man's Burden." 1899
Zwick, Jim, ed. "‘The White Man's Burden' and Its Critics."
Schumpeter, Joseph. "The Sociology of Imperialism" 1918