What is imperialism? How did it affect women during 19th century Europe?

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Imperialism refers to the practice of one nation extending its influence over another. The term imperialism is most often used by historians to refer to a specific period in the nineteenth century in which the nations of Europe carved up much of Asia, Africa, and the Pacific into colonies using military force. Therefore, imperialism often overlaps with colonialism, in that both describe the military occupation and economic exploitation that exists in a colony. Imperialism, however, does not automatically connote the use of force, as Western countries in the nineteenth century right up to the present have been accused of economic imperialism over less powerful countries without the use of military force. For example, in his book Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism , Vladimir Lenin argued that the most important aspect of European colonialism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries was the economic aspect. That is, that the resources of Asia, Africa, and other parts of the world...

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