What was the effect of competition among European powers on empire building in Asia?  Basically how does competition affect the building of an empire. Does it make it easier, harder, why? please...

  1. What was the effect of competition among European powers on empire building in Asia?

 

Basically how does competition affect the building of an empire. Does it make it easier, harder, why? please i need help for my project due tomorow

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There are two, somewhat contradictory, effects of competition on empire building.  Competition between European countries made it somewhat harder for them to each build an empire, but it also made them want the empires more.  So competition led to more of a push to create empires but also made it harder for any one country to make its empire.

Look, for example, at what happened in India.  France and Britain were, at first, competing for influence in India.  The conflict between the two countries made it harder for either of them to gain a foothold in India because they were each trying to destroy the other's gain.

At the same time, however, competition between the countries accelerated the pace of empire building.  The two countries each felt they needed to increase the size of their empires so as not to fall behind the other in the race for power and prestige.

In this way, competition between European countries had somewhat contradictory effects on empire building in Asia.

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