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Definition of Imperialism

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practice of expanding the authority and power of a country by acquiring territory or dominating the economic and political systems of other countries; empire's system of government
Imperialism Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
The power or character of an emperor; imperial authority; the spirit of empire.
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\im*pe"ri*al*ism\, n. the policy, practice, or advocacy of seeking, or acquiescing in, the extension of the control, dominion, or empire of a nation, as by the acquirement of new, esp. distant, territory or dependencies, or by the closer union of parts more or less independent of each other for operations of war, copyright, internal commerce, etc. the tide of english opinion began to turn about 1870, and since then it has run with increasing force in the direction of what is called imperialism.
\im*pe"ri*al*ism\ (?), n. the power or character of an emperor; imperial authority; the spirit of empire. roman imperialism had divided the world. h. pearson.

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WordNet 2.0

1. a policy of extending your rule over foreign countries
(hypernym) foreign policy
(hyponym) manifest destiny
2. a political orientation that advocates imperial interests
(hypernym) political orientation, ideology, political theory
3. any instance of aggressive extension of authority
(hypernym) control
Imperialism Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Sociology
The establishing of colonial empires in which domination is both political and economic.
Imperialism Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Imperialism, as defined by the Dictionary of Human Geography, is "an unequal human and territorial relationship, usually in the form of an empire, based on ideas of superiority and practices of dominance, and involving the extension of authority and control of one state or people over another." Lewis Samuel Feuer identifies two major subtypes of imperialism; the first is the "regressive imperialism" identified with pure conquest, unequivocal exploitation, extermination or reductions of undesired peoples, and settlement of desired peoples into those territories. The second type identified by Feuer is "progressive imperialism" that is founded upon a cosmopolitan view of humanity, that promotes the spread of civilization to allegedly backward societies to elevate living standards and culture in conquered territories, and allowance of a conquered people to assimilate into the imperial society, an example being the multi-cultural British Empire which gave their citizens many positive advantages.

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