ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Greatest Imperialistic Nation of the 19th Century

Updated on October 21, 2011

Imperialism, a term that loosely defines any nation that pursues foreign economic interests to increase capital for it's own gain. This can come in the form of cheap imports of raw material from colonies under it's control in exchange for expensive exports of manufactured goods to the various subservient regions. This was the political authority in much of the 19th century, from such countries as Great Britain, America, Spain, France, Portugal among others, but Great Britain was found superior in many ways. The British flag was raised high on various continents, dominating parts of South America, West African tribal countries, the yellow sea from china to japan and even using the eastern Australian coastline as a penal colony for malicious criminals of the worst degree. In order to demonstrate just how powerful the Britain empire was, you must consider the income from their many colonies, either from raw goods to supply the British war machine derived from agricultural products; mined ores to create the materials needed for domestic and wartime construction, and sending manufactured goods back to their colonies to gain maximum capital for future imperialistic ventures. This was not to say that their colonies fared well, the subservient colonists, mostly the local population, suffered from low wages and long hours, the taxes imposed by British tax masters suppressing the locals from gaining a foothold within their own community.

The imperial British empire influenced much of the world in the way of western values and culture, but not without resistance however, as the British displayed military oriented behaviors when needed against rebellion like acts. There was one large advantage the British had in connection to military effectiveness, and that was found in their naval superiority, their cruisers and other advanced weaponry on board their lighter vessels helped them outmaneuver their opponents when necessary. The massive British navel fleets were needed in various locations throughout the world, from overseas travel, to treacherous river navigation, all combined with superior marine infantry to help deliver the quick assaults on critical locations to end fights before they began. The British manipulation within their economic/military operations also proved very effective, a very concrete example found in the opium war with China, the British using illegal drug trafficking against Chinese policy to help weaken the economic infrastructure of China, in the process pulling the country into a war they couldn't win. The British used their naval superiority to conquer the Chinese river systems and ultimately causing the Chinese to allow the open door policy with the world as rules of their defeat.

The Industrial revolution also started in Great Britain, which was truly the starting point to their success economically, the production in textiles, books, and anything else that could be done in mass production for exports to third world countries all provided the revenue that Britain needed to provide influential dividends. Great Britain used these funds to increase their western culturethroughout the world, building educational institutions among others to provide the more fortunate colonies the opportunity to acquire a formal western education in law, the sciences, and literature. In light of all the revolutions of 1848, Great Britain managed to make the major reforms needed to conform society to a parliamentary monarchy with the middle class voice heard loudly, the reforms including education, minimum wage requirements, and the chance to join the military with major incentives to be had. In conclusion, the kingdom of Great Britain was the highest ranked nation to participate in imperialistic matters. Through cultural influence and military conquests of expansion, Great Britain has led the world affairs in a way that if the nation had never come to power, the United States and many other countries at this present time would have never existed.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)