Chapter Overview- Building of Global Empires
The chapter, Building of Global Empires, is about imperialism. The empires of England, France, Russia, Spain and other European countries took over the world and controlled the other subcontinents. Imperialism and colonization were the two main ideas followed by the powerful empires of the world. The british empire controlled most of Asia and was thus the strongest empire. The French empire controlled large parts of Africa, SA and other parts of the world, making them one of the leading controllers of the world as well. The spanish empire controlled most of SA and Mexico, also being included in the list of leading empires. These empires wanted to rule the world because of the lack of resources they received from their original land. Economic and political motives lead them to conquer other parts of the world. These strong empires changed the land they controlled drastically by introducing better machinery for the work force and better military techniques for the country and it's government. Examples are the British in India, the Scottish and French in Africa and the Spanish in Mexico. Imperialism went on for a long time until unrest started to occur around the world. There were major wars for independence which led to the fall of almost all the empires. Some wars were the Russo-Japanese war and the Spanish- American war. Problems like extreme migration and racial/social conflicts started to occur after the independence of most of the countries because of the loss of major control and change in political systems. Though independence was good, it also caused a lot of issues.