Why is Imperialism and Industrialization beneficial during the Industrial Age? I have to do a debate on the perspective of a worker on why Imperialism and Industrialization are beneficial. I also...

Why is Imperialism and Industrialization beneficial during the Industrial Age?

I have to do a debate on the perspective of a worker on why Imperialism and Industrialization are beneficial. I also have to write a paragraph with 6 support in details.

 

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During the Industrial Age, in the mid to late 1800's,  the expanding manufacturing capabilities of Western Europe and North America forever altered the world.  Industrialization created manufacturing jobs; these jobs enabled those who would have been making subsistence wages as farmers to make a bit more money as factory laborers.  That additional money enabled those workers, as consumers, to drive demand for low cost high quality numerous goods.  That demand enabled the expansion of more manufacturing.  In short, Industrialization revolutionized the economy and raised the standard of living for most people.

In time, however, the expansion of industrialization lead to Imperialism, where the manufacturing country would expand its influence into another country, and not necessarily trade on an open market for the raw materials and natural resources it wanted. Rather, it took them by military force or political subterfuge.

You could make the argument, from the worker's view, that Imperialism was good because it kept the flow of cheap resources coming into the factory where he worked, and so kept him employed at a higher wage.

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