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Is globalisation merely imperialism by another name?

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Is globalisation merely imperialism by another name? In our modern society the distance between individual nations is becoming smaller and gradually less important. As international trade and investment grow, the economies of these nations are becoming more integrated. This phenomenon has been labelled as globalisation. On the surface, globalisation seems like the most favourable path for the evolution of society, yet it can be argued that eventually the economy will be controlled by a few major organisations, remaining more powerful than any government or the vote of general public. However this has been the situation for many indigenous people across the world from as far back as the 13th century. Throughout history dominant nations have been advancing their own civilizations through exploiting the land, labour, raw materials and markets of weaker nations. This process of capitalist engulfment is known as imperialism. But is this the same as globalisation? There are many similarities between globalisation and imperialism. Firstly, the basic aim of globalisation, for a firm or nation, is to invest and gain a profit, and although early imperialism ...read more.

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But do the indigenous peoples of these developing countries have a say in how their lives are shaped by the technological and economical advancements of the more developed societies? Well perhaps their lack of choice is a price they must pay, as without globalisation their economies would suffer due to the lack of imports and new technology. Also, unemployment levels would rise and money would be lost from exports. But surely the citizens of these nations value their freedom and have some concept of the working rights they are entitled to? Unfortunately their governments can only gain foreign interest by serving up workers who will work with no demand for these rights. The most important aspect of globalisation is the fact that it has allows nations to communicate, not only to benefit human knowledge and technology, but to allow the predicaments and voices of millions living in poverty to be heard. However, as the shadow of imperialism still lingers over many nations, globalisation has yet to unite the world in an equal manner, but has united some nations to the extent that the trust between governments is strong, which may, in turn, cause more trust throughout society. ...read more.

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It is evident in the public eye that America is the driving force behind globalisation, imposing its culture wherever it can and there is a risk that ultimately the world will choose American products over those of their own country. This may be because of price or quality but may also be because American firms may eventually own the majority of the world's large companies. This could cause traditions, customs, religions and family values to be swallowed up by the US's charge for globalisation as they disregard irrelevant and outdated aspects of certain cultures. So what has changed since the 19th century? Well the answer is, not much, the Third World has ever since been serving its purpose to the west, as a source of high profits. As long as the national leaders are bribed and are protected by US troops, there is no need to change anything. But if globalisation is merely imperialism by another name, the world can expect the same response imperialism has evoked throughout history. Rebellion. ...read more.

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