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European Imperial Expansion
Transcript of European Imperial Expansion
What was European Expansion?
The photo shown below (source A) conveys the inauguration ceremony of the Suiz Canal. The ceremony took place on 17th of November 1869. The new direct connection between Europe and the countries along the coast of the Indian Ocean strengthened the World Trade and coastal shipping of the Middle Eastern countries, specifically Egypt. Within the photo there are many people watching over the enormous ships, they can be distinguished from each other by the cultural differences, what they were wearing and the flags they all had. The French clearly had a large dominance over other countries as the majority of what we see is the French flag. The clothes they were wearing showed their differences in culture, European officers in uniform, women with dresses and umbrellas, as well as the central asian men with turbans and camels.
This shows the extent of Imperial expansion as so many different cultures have come together in one place, also the impact it has caused in benefit to world trade.
This source (source C) depicts japanese ladies in a silkworm factory. This is a benefit from the European Expansion
The picture below (source B) shows a European man seated in front of the Rubber Tree which is not in European countries, this is an example of cultural mixing as European people have mixed in with people from different cultures and backgrounds. They also gained access to a resource that was not found in European countries. This impact caused Africa's economy to grow as European expansion helped them to harvest and sell rubber. From this source, it shows us how far European expansion had spread throughout the world. This is also an advantage as rubber was being shipped and sold to places without instant access to rubber.
This image (source E) tells us about notorious cultural acts and traditions which were a negative thing, as said thuggees was a group which assassinated people as a ritual. When Imperial expansion extended to other countries such as India, the suppression of violent cultural rituals was brought upon the country, which stopped the thuggees from continuing their assassinations. The main force against them came from Britain when they expanded into India and people were constantly assassinated. The 'thugs' were stopped and any other violent gang or cultural ritual was suppressed when Europeans expanded into other countries. This proves that European Imperial Expansion had a positive impact by stopping violent acts such as the thuggees.
By Lochlan Cheung
The European Imperial Expansion was a mass amount of events which led to European cultures expanding into other countries and continents. There were many reasons for these events to occur such as; economic problems, power imbalances and political stresses. The European expansion created positive impacts in the world.