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In the age of Imperialism world powers constantly tried to expand their boundaries Much of the time they disregarded the native populations or created stereotypes around them that suited their colonial needs Imperialism brought about a clash of cultures Colonial European and Japanese power expanded into Asia and Africa The British French Dutch and Americans considered themselves conquerors with an eminent right to expansion with domain over the native cultures Their belief that they were above the people who lived in their colonial empires not only decreased mutual respect but also gave rise to a racist style of thinking First this colonial movement wiped out mutual respect between the colonial power and the previously sovereign state the Europeans clung to it fiercely though This was not simply a matter of domination says John Barraclough author of An Introduction to Contemporary History Although it may have been nothing more than a crude militaristic undermining need for power that drove the Europeans to colonize they saw it differently Europeans saw their massive expansion at the close of the nineteenth century as the opening of a new era They thought they were bringing a greater civilization to the backward non-white non-European world Barraclough 65 They saw it as their duty If non-Europeans could not promote trade influence their economy and create a better as the Europeans believed more relevant lifestyle then the colonial powers would have to do it for them It was useless to export European skills to backward countries without at the same time introducing European authorities to ensure their proper employment since the native races were unable to maintain civilized rule themselves the government of dependencies by the imperial powers was a necessity of the modern world Barraclough 65 The Europeans sent out waves of emigrants to populate and control their new territories This mix of cultures and ideals should have brought about a greater
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