10.4 Students analyze patterns of global change in the era of New Imperialism in at least two of the following regions or countries: Africa, Southeast Asia, China, India, Latin America, and the Philippines.
1. Describe the rise of industrial economies and their link to imperialism and colonial-ism (e.g., the role played by national security and strategic advantage; moral issues raised by the search for national hegemony, Social Darwinism, and the missionary impulse; material issues such as land, resources, and technology).
The Imperialist countries of Europe justified the colonization of Africa by stating that they were propagating democracy and diffusing the fruits of the Industrial Revolution to Africa. These countries introduced new ideas such as economics, medicines, and government. At the same time, however, many Africans lost their freedom, culture, and customs. Do you believe that European Countries were justified in colonizing Africa?
Read this article and scroll through the picture gallery. As you read think about the reasons why countries like Germany, Belgium, France, and England saw Africa as a viable colony. Make to think about the reasons why Africa was was so attractive to imperialist European countries. Finally, make a note of the human cost to Africans in terms of their life, liberty, and property.