Use this History and Western Heritage video entitled Imperialism, Alliances and War to study the economic and technological advances made within the European system virtually Westernized the world by the end of the nineteenth century. Never before had one section of the globe held such far-reaching authority over the others. From their superior position, the great powers of Europe (and later Japan) were able to reach out and establish colonial control over less-developed, non-industrial areas. This colonizing process was most evident on the African continent, where competition between the European states especially drove explorers, missionaries, traders, bankers, and politicians.
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