What are the positive effects of imperialism?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Many people would say that there are no positive effects of imperialism.  But if I had to say what good imperialism can do, I would say

  • Imperialism can be positive for the imperial power.  This country can (like Britain with India) get economic benefits from its imperialism.  It can gain raw materials, for example, that it could not have gotten otherwise.  (This no longer applies as much because there is so much more trade.
  • Imperialism can also give the imperial power more prestige in the world.  It comes to be seen as a more important country.
  • Imperialism can, ideally, help the colonized country.  If the imperial power is so inclined, it can help the colony advance and prepare for self-government.  You can argue that British rule, for example, brought democracy to India and put Hong Kong in a better situation than it would have been if it had remained nothing more than a part of China.
robertmartin | Student

A positive effect is seen in document one called "Modern Progressive Nations," it shows how the larger nations gave to the smaller colonies. The nations built them roads, canals, and railways. Showed them the telegraph, newspaper, established schools for them, gave them the blessing of their civilization, and overall made them economized. They were part of modern culture after this occurred. Another positive effect is seen in document three called "Colonial Governments and Missionaries. " It shows how the colonial governments introduced improved medical care, and better methods of sanitation. There were new crops; tools and farming methods, which helped, increase food production. These changes meant less death to smaller colonies, and overall improve the state of living. They now could live longer and have better sanitation compared to the earlier imperialism.