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Background[ edit ] David Livingstoneearly explorer of the interior of Africa and fighter against the slave trade By European powers had established small trading posts along the coast, but seldom moved inland.
Even as late as the s, European states still controlled only ten percent of the African continent, with all their territories located near the coast. Byonly Ethiopia and Liberia remained independent of European control.
Industrialisation brought about rapid advancements in transportation and communication, especially in the forms of steamships, railways and telegraphs. Medical advances also played an important role, especially medicines for tropical diseases.
The development of quininean effective treatment for malariamade vast expanses of the tropics more accessible for Europeans. Africa and global markets[ edit ] Comparison of Africa in the years and Sub-Saharan Africaone of the last regions of the world largely untouched by "informal imperialism", was also attractive to Europe's ruling elites for economic, political and social reasons.
During a time when Britain's balance of trade showed a growing deficit, with shrinking and increasingly protectionist continental markets due to the Long Depression —96Africa offered BritainGermanyFranceand other countries an open market that would garner them a trade surplus: Another inducement for imperialism arose from the demand for raw materials, especially coppercotton, rubber, palm oilcocoadiamonds, tea, and tinto which European consumers had grown accustomed and upon which European industry had grown dependent.
Additionally, Britain wanted the southern and eastern coasts of Africa for stopover ports on the route to Asia and its empire in India. Consequently, the companies The scramble for africa in the in tropical African commerce were relatively small, apart from Cecil Rhodes 's De Beers Mining Company.
These events might detract from the pro-imperialist arguments of colonial lobbyists such as the Alldeutscher VerbandFrancesco Crispi and Jules Ferrywho argued that sheltered overseas markets in Africa would solve the problems of low prices and over-production caused by shrinking continental markets.
Hobson argued in Imperialism that this shrinking of continental markets was a key factor of the global "New Imperialism" period.
William Easterlyhowever, disagrees with the link made between capitalism and imperialismarguing that colonialism is used mostly to promote state-led development rather than "corporate" development. He has stated that "imperialism is not so clearly linked to capitalism and the free markets While tropical Africa was not a large zone of investment, other overseas regions were.
The vast interior between Egypt and the gold and diamond-rich southern Africa had strategic value in securing the flow of overseas trade. Britain was under political pressure to secure lucrative markets against encroaching rivals in China and its eastern colonies, most notably IndiaMalayaAustralia and New Zealand.
Thus, it was crucial to secure the key waterway between East and West—the Suez Canal.
However, a theory that Britain sought to annex East Africa during the onwards, out of geostrategic concerns connected to Egypt especially the Suez Canal  has been challenged by historians such as John Darwin and Jonas F.
The growing navies, and new ships driven by steam power, required coaling stations and ports for maintenance. Defense bases were also needed for the protection of sea routes and communication lines, particularly of expensive and vital international waterways such as the Suez Canal.
Colonies with large native populations were also a source of military power; Britain and France used large numbers of British Indian and North African soldiers, respectively, in many of their colonial wars and would do so again in the coming World Wars.
In the age of nationalism there was pressure for a nation to acquire an empire as a status symbol; the idea of "greatness" became linked with the sense of duty underlying many nations' strategies. The same year, Britain occupied Egypt hitherto an autonomous state owing nominal fealty to the Ottoman Empirewhich ruled over Sudan and parts of ChadEritreaand Somalia.
A rising industrial power close on the heels of Britain, Germany began its world expansion in the s. After isolating France by the Dual Alliance with Austria-Hungary and then the Triple Alliance with Italy, Chancellor Otto von Bismarck proposed the —85 Berlin Conferencewhich set the rules of effective control of a foreign territory.
Weltpolitik world policy was the foreign policy adopted by Kaiser Wilhelm II inwith the aim of transforming Germany into a global power through aggressive diplomacy, the acquisition of overseas colonies, and the development of a large navy. Some Germans, claiming themselves of Friedrich List 's thought, advocated expansion in the Philippines and Timor ; others proposed to set themselves up in Formosa modern Taiwanetc.
At the end of the s, these isolated voices began to be relayed by a real imperialist policy[ citation needed ], backed by mercantilist thesis. In the beginning of the s, the Deutscher Kolonialverein was created, and got its own magazine inthe Kolonialzeitung.
This colonial lobby was also relayed by the nationalist Alldeutscher Verband. Generally, Bismarck was opposed to widespread German colonialism,  but he had to resign at the insistence of the new German Emperor Wilhelm II on 18 March Wilhelm II instead adopted a very aggressive policy of colonisation and colonial expansion.Africa was left both psychologically and politically impoverished.
Much of it still is so. The result today is a continent of states stranded between its old ways and modernity. Russia is engaged in a frantic new scramble for influence in Africa, which is being spearheaded by a rash of military cooperation and arms deals signed across the continent in The Scramble for Africa, also known as the Race for Africa or Partition of Africa was a process of invasion, occupation, colonization and annexation of African territory by European powers during the New Imperialism period, between and World War I in As a result of the.
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