Which of the following statements best describes the significance of social Darwinism? A.It was a significant breakthrough in revolutionary theory B.It led to an increase in Urbinzation throughout much of Europe C.It influenced the development of the factory model of production D.It was used as a justification for the inferior treatment of colonial people E.The Atlantic slave trade declined as a result

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Out of these options that you give, the answer has to be D -- it justified treating the colonized people as if they were inferior.  Here is why that is:

Social Darwinism says that society works like nature.  In both, only the fittest survive.  Therefore, those who win in competitions,...

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Out of these options that you give, the answer has to be D -- it justified treating the colonized people as if they were inferior.  Here is why that is:

Social Darwinism says that society works like nature.  In both, only the fittest survive.  Therefore, those who win in competitions, those who survive, are the best.  When two countries compete (through war) the one that wins is clearly superior.  European countries could defeat and colonize other countries.  This meant that they were superior.

Because the European countries were superior (according to Social Darwinism) it was okay for them to treat others as inferiors.

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