European History to WWI

Overview of European Colonialism and Imperialism

The initial impetus for imperialism was for European countries to gain wealth, power and prestige by acquiring territories in other parts of the world. Britain was successful in conquering India in the 19th century, and other European nations joined them in scrambling for parts of Africa and Asia.

British Imperialism

 American cartoon of John Bull (England) as an Imperial Octopus with its arms (with hands) in - or contemplating being in - various regions.