Over the course of history, peoples have been trying to conquer other peoples to acquire power and exert influence over those they conquer. Though the term ‘imperialism’ is a relatively new concept, the ideas go way back even in ancient times.
But one of the main questions that this article tackles is whether imperialism is any different from colonialism. Surely, there are overlapping ideas between the two but they’re not the same.
To give a quick run-down on why colonialism and imperialism are different; colonialism specifically refers to conquest by settlement and economic exploitation. It is still based on the fundamental ideas of expansionism and subjugation of other nations, like imperialism, though.
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