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The term colonialism is often used interchangeable with imperialism but colonialism - the conquest and dominance of indigenous people by a foreign nation - can be regarded as a special form of imperialism1 In the writing of modern history the usage of the terms imperialism and colonialism is linked to the development of political and economic power overseas and to the formation of capitalism Imperialism in a broad definition can be defined as the superior economic and political power that a given state or territory has over another2 The essential difference between Colonialism and Imperialism is that the latter implies political and economic influence in a given state or territory without direct political rule whereas the former implies the direct political conquest and rule by the foreign power3 Colonialism therefore can be defined as a direct result of imperial domination The direct economic and political power that the Indian continent experienced from British rule can be divided into three different stages4 The first stage was from the eighteenth century onwards when the primary interest was to make the greatest profit out of the region though economic and political domination was still evident For example in the eighteenth century the East India company entered the country as a trading company and traded to make a profit out of the local revenue5 It then bought what it needed to in order to sell the required goods at the best market price offered throughout the world The second phrase of colonialism was Industrial was in the nineteenth century when India became important to the English Industrial revolution when it became a source to supply the much needed raw materials and also a source of labour6 The final stage of colonialism from the nineteenth century onwards by Marxist definition the finance phase was where capital was invested into the region through banks and investors and industries were also established This final stage was not so obviously as
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