Imperialism Essay Examples

Linguistic imperialism

Linguistic imperialism can be defined as the enforcement or imposition of one language onto another; it tends to be a key tool of the colonialist seeking to mend the ‘backward’ societies that they find, generally to their own purpose. Thus, writers such as Friel and Achebe have sought to rectify the still ever present colonialist… View Article

European Imperialism in the Early 20th Century

Imperialism Defined Michael Parenti, a political scientist from Yale University, defines imperialism as “the process whereby the dominant politico-economic interests of one nation expropriate for their own enrichment the land, labor, raw materials, and markets of another people”( On the other hand, for Vladimir Illich Lenin, author of the influential pamphlet Imperialism, the Highest Stage… View Article

Causes Of American Imperialism

The United States gained an overseas empire in the late 1890s and early 1900s due in part to its own expansionist past (which more than doubled the nation’s size during the nineteenth century), but more importantly to economic and geopolitical concerns. American business interests sought more sources of natural resources and, more importantly, larger markets… View Article

U.S. Imperialism In 20th

The United States’ first attempt at imperial expansion can be traced back to 1898. Feeling the effects of economic recession and depression up to 1897, many felt the future security of the U. S. capitalist system rested heavily on expansion, not only on the North American continent but even into the Caribbean, Hawaii and Asia…. View Article

Imperialism in 19th Century

1.What were the causes of the new imperialism of the 19th century and how did it differ from European expansion in earlier periods? Early European expansion was for the most part, an economic desire of the country to expand its territory and wealth. This new imperialism of the 19th century was a race to grab… View Article


While some states passed protective legislation business owners fought back claiming that such laws deprived them of their property. Courts often sided with businesses and ruled that social legislation violated a workers freedom of contract. Labor unions joined progressives to improve work conditions. Closed shop: a workplace where all employees must be a union member…. View Article

What Is the Meaning of Cultural Imperialism

When a sub-ordinate nation is ruled by a more dominant nation, the dominant nation passes on most of its cultural traits, most notably language, onto the sub-ordinate nation through power. This transfer of one culture onto another, is what we call, cultural imperialism. The language that is believed to be the dominant language today is… View Article

Marxist theories of Imperialism

Marxist theory of Imperialism: A critical survey has analysed the history of capitalism since 1500. The author critically analysed the development of capitalism and further provide the belief that capitalism is synonymous to imperialism. However, with modern day economic society, the arguments put forward by Brewer has become obsolete where there are standard norms of… View Article


Imperialism is defined as a forceful extension of a nation’s authority by territorial conquest, or by establishing economic and political powers over a weaker nation. Imperialism can have many effects on a nation, whether it’s redrawing political boundaries or a religious conflict. These two effects took place in Russia during the 1900’s, and the other… View Article


The concept of colonial power in terms of governance, political, economic and social empowerment from Western states had an influence on non-western nations. During this age of imperialism, a global economy emerged in which Western nations dominated the manufacturing sector and manufactured raw materials from non-western countries like Africa. One major impact of imperialism was… View Article

European Imperialism and its Impact on Africa and Asia

European imperialism in Africa and Asia developed as a result of certain motivations which seemed to fit the prevailing world view following the Napoleonic wars.  Economic interests (ie, global expansion of domestic markets), maintaining the safety of trade routes, keeping colonies free from foreign influence and threats, national prestige in maintaining colonies, and finally, living… View Article

Isolationism, Intervention, and Imperialism

The annexing of Hawaii in 1990 is an example of imperialism. The United States had been looking to take over some small other countries for some time before attempting to annex Hawaii. But at that time, imperialism had not grown enough to make it sucsessful. This is an example of imperialism because the US used… View Article

Globalization or Cultural Imperialism

The concept of cultural imperialism is not a new one. The idea of winning the hearts and minds of another society via exporting values and cultural tendencies dates back to at least the Roman Empire (Rothkop 1). The basic concept of cultural imperialism is that a stronger, usually larger and with more military might, has… View Article

Cultural Imperialism Is Power

“Cultural imperialism” is what takes place when a large, powerful, economically dominant nation promotes, imposes, or otherwise spreads its own culture to less powerful, economically subservient nations. A. Examples Cultural imperialism is already evident throughout the world: Palestinian Arabs chanting “Death To America” do so while wearing Nike tennis shoes and t-shirts; Brazilians who curse… View Article

Culture and Imperialism, a Review of Edward Said

Edward Said remains one of the best selling and well known of the social and literary theorists that deal with identity and nation in the post-colonial global setting. This field is saturated with work dealing with culture and identity formation, post-modern “epistemic communities,” and most importantly, the relationship between context (ethnic, religious or economic) relative… View Article