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British And Ottoman Empire Imperialism Essay

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There is a point of time in certain a country’s history where they become dominant and more powerful than ever before. During this elongated process a country becomes an empire. The British and the Ottomans were states that succeeded in this process, but becoming an empire such as theirs required vast amounts of political and social maneuvering to expand their boundaries, called imperialism. Imperialism is, “a policy of extending a country's power and influence through diplomacy or military force”. By becoming a modern nation enjoying economic prosperity and political stability, the British and the Ottomans created an imperialistic impact over the globe with distinctive motivations and approaches especially during the transition period of gaining ample amount power and influence globally.
Britain was not an imperialistic force during the 15th century due to the overwhelming power of Spain and Portugal. These countries had established themselves as titans of the transatlantic system. In fact, “During the fifteenth century [Britain] completely lacked both the economic and strategic potential to participate in early colonialist endeavors” (Wenzlhuemer 362). Britain did not have the financial capabilities to fund such imperialistic efforts and expand their boundaries at that time due to not being as technologically and economically superior like the other empires. However, it all changed after the American Revolution. Britain was powerful at that time, yet Britain became an imperialistic force because many great states around itself were having harsh political climates and instability thus giving Britain an opportunity to take control of foreign areas, and become prosperous all while increasing their military and naval force. It was also a bounce back after losing the American Revolution because Britain was afraid to lose further areas it controlled because it had already imperialized many areas of the world. However, one state that stands out more the most is India. During this transition period, Britain was starting an industrial revolution that gave them a huge advantage, which enabled them to imperialize other nations. Because the Industrial Revolution was occurring simultaneously with British expansion, there were major economic and technological advances occurring. One of these was the steam-powered boat, which was beneficial in trading, controlling, and communicating through the waterways of India and back to Britain. In fact at this time, “The British Empire was so large that timely communication was becoming an important problem…In essence, steam power was used to shrink the size of northern India” (Schlager, Lauer). These technological advancements were a period of transition for Britain in its imperialistic reign because it created quicker and more powerful means in influencing the people of India. Also in this transition period, the British Government became more influential towards the private sector. As a result, even before the...

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