Week 4 Post

The time around 1900 was filled with great privatization and investment that brought with it great capital. In the decline of the Ottoman Empire, the Jewish and Christian minorities were given full rights as forced upon by western Europe. This resulted in investors from Christian and Jewish communities to move to cities like Jaffa and invest in businesses or schools. Many missionaries came to establish Western schools that were suppose to enlighten the people of the Ottoman Empire to western philosophy.  In Bombay, Imperialistic Britain takes control over Indian farms through debt created by the Indian farms to the British and invested large cotton mills. The amount of cotton mills increased from 1 in 1856 to 136 in 1900 after the building of the Suez canal and the American Civil ware increased trade with India. This mass development also greatly increased the population of Bombay as many tried to flee the tenant farming style of the countryside created by the British. Where these European powers went, they were good at establishing their control with a support of their people as they were able to use these other countries for their raw products.

The success of imperialism seemed to lack for the United States. The United States at this time saw the success of western Europe and tried to emulate it in the Philippines. Though many were against it as it causes “the erosion of domestic republican virtue and freedom through imperial corruption, tyranny, and militarism”(Kramer). Though these individuals opinions were based on the idea that these corrupt actions would lead to uncivilized filipinos infiltrating their society as they tried to assimilate. The lack of success the United States had in imperialism was a result of their isolationism and numerous raw materials. The American people did not support these advancements for a humanitarian purpose, but they desired to be isolated from the world as they felt they did not need others to succeed.

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