Imperialism (Political Theories For Students)
Imperialism is a term used to describe the domination of one state over a number of others. In the early twenty-first century imperialism is generally thought to be a bad idea. After World War II ended in 1945 and increasingly during the late twentieth century most people came to view imperialist policies as both morally reprehensible and as economically unsound.
During the Cold War both superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, were officially opposed to imperialism and generally tried to prevent other countries from pursuing such policies. This was partly because their two ideologies, communism in the Soviet Union and democratic capitalism in the U.S., were opposed to imperialism. They also had national interests that conflicted with those of the major European imperial powers. In addition, the many newly independent countries of the Third World opposed European imperialism, which they believed had been only recently bad for them.
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