Imperialism is the domination by one country of the political, economic, or cultural life of another country or entire region. It is similar to what the United States of America does in the Middle East and Persian Golf. There are many motives for imperialism. There are economic reasons such as the need for raw materials such as iron, copper, coal, rubber, or oil. There was also military and political reasons. Countries wanted to have military bases in other countries in case of emergencies, and even just for nationalism and pride. There was also social darwinism. Which was that because of European nationalism, people felt that they had to take over and dominate others.
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