European expansion 1650-1800

European expansion 1650-1800

The global expansion that was evident in Europe differed in various ways which were mainly on the aspects of expansionism and colonialism of the centuries that had passed[1].  The central area of expansion that was very evident was the industrial revolution. The development is traced to have taken place in the 1760s. The spread of industrial revolution was also realized in the countries that were around Europe as empires were erected during this same period. The industrial revolution enabled Europe to be buyers of products and also sellers in markets which allowed an enormous growth of machinery produced goods. Industrial revolution in Europe was welcomed by most of the native people since it had some effects that suited them.

Firstly, most of the indigenous people changed their trading patterns which were mostly characterized by slaves into goods that were used by man in different regions of the continent. Some parts of the Europe indigenous people did not welcome industrialization lightly. As time went by many of the aboriginal European energetic men were used through forced labor to offer efforts in those industries[2]. They were used as a source of energy in mining industries and agricultural sector forcefully which affected the community.

The other sector that experienced expansion is the technology sector. The level of technology underwent a significant development which was mainly brought from Asia. The main reasons for the growth of the industry were due to the colonial rules need for communication during their administration[3]. Communication and transport developed as the continent experienced advancement in the railroads and roads to ensure that the colonial rule was extensively spread. Irrespective of the advantages that were brought about by it, the people did not like the fact that the imperial government was mistreating them. They felt inferior due to the arrogant treatment that they received. Issues such as racism started to crop up as some people felt superior to others.

[1] Chambers, Mortimer, et al.(1987). The Western Experience, 4th ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.

 

[2] Ibid. pg. 4

[3] Bruce Fort. (1996). American Slave Narratives. Retrieved from http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/wpa/wpahome.html

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