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By Carl Cavanagh (EDT) Hodge Carl Cavanagh Hodge

In 1800, Europeans ruled approximately one-third of the world's land floor; by means of the beginning of global conflict I in 1914, Europeans had imposed a few type of political or financial ascendancy on over eighty percentage of the globe. the fundamental constitution of world and ecu politics within the 20th century used to be shaped within the past century out of the conflict of competing imperial pursuits and the consequences, either valuable and destructive, of the imperial powers at the societies they ruled. This encyclopedia bargains present, specified info at the significant international powers and their international empires, in addition to at the humans, occasions, rules, and events, either eu and non-European, that formed the Age of Imperialism.

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The war itself featured a Janus-like combination of tactics that dated to Napoleon, with changes that presaged the trenches and high-velocity weapons of World War I. 27 The American Civil War, though not an imperial conflict, followed only five years later and wrought significant changes both to the conduct of warfare and, over the longer term, to the landscape of international affairs. The United States was already an economic giant before the issue of Confederate secession became a shooting affair.

In France colonial projects at least enjoyed a measure of parliamentary support. In Belgium they had nothing of the kind, so King Leopold bankrolled Henry Stanley’s exploration of the Congo River Basin and its exploitation in the name of Belgium as a personal crusade. That a territory so enormous should be acquired, officially or not, by a country as small as Belgium and until only recently a province of the Netherlands was indeed a spectacular coup. Leopold’s adventure has been cited by more than one treatment as the single most important causal episode in the Scramble for Africa.

44 Among the first British venture capitalists to become aware that in Africa a scramble was on, George Goldie convinced rival British companies in Niger to form the United Africa Company to strengthen his hand in bargaining with Africans but also to meet French competition on the Upper Niger. He then forced the smaller French firms to sell out to him, often by trading at a loss, which ultimately led to French and German recognition of British control of the region at the Berlin Conference of 1884 at which Goldie was an unofficial advisor to the British delegation.

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