Did imperialism have a positive or negative effect on the world? 

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I think it would be very, very difficult to make a positive case for Imperialism's global legacy. This isn't to say that there weren't positives that came out of it, especially if you looked through a case by case basis. Pohnpei has already spoken about Imperialism's role in fostering Democracy and creating modern infrastructure. In addition, one could also discuss the eradication of the international slave trade, which was primarily the work of the British Empire (though we should not forget the role that European states, including the British, took in creating that problem to begin with). So it can be said that Imperialism is a bit more complicated and multifaceted a problem than it often appears.

That being said, there were a lot of evils imposed by the Imperialists. Scenes like the stories of abuses, forced labor and brutality that are coming out of the Congo are still chilling and horrifying to read about. Imperialism was often joined with attitudes of racism and cultural hubris ....

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