Economics Or Politics? Essay

3082 WordsApr 21, 200813 Pages
In the past five hundred years mankind has climbed Mount Everest, swam the English Channel and even flown to the moon but where has mankind really been? When one looks at where mankind has been you must look at with geopolitics in mind analyzing how the location, economics, culture, and technology have affected the events of the past. By looking at this time period from a geopolitical view one will see that the last five hundred years has been a paradox marked by an incredible intellectual, economic, and technologic growth alongside conquest and domination, territorial aggrandizement, and imposition of social order through outright coercion. I will analyze the events during each period since 1500 looking at how the world has grown intellectually, economically, and technologically but also looking at how the world has experienced conquest and domination, territorial aggrandizement, and imposition of social order through outright coercion. By doing this I will show how force has been crucial for modernity and progress as well as the maintenance of world order and provide insight to where mankind might go in the future. Starting in 1500 Europe began to branch out and explore the world via the oceans. This began the expansion of Europe to North America and was the start of colonialism; the results of the European Expansion in the Americas were on a global scale. This was the start of a global economy. At its peak colonialism stretched through out the world from the Americas to Africa and even to India. Conquest and domination enabled all of this to happen. The expansion led to incredible economic, cultural, and eventually political for these areas as well as the rest of the world. There were incredible population growths but also great population declines. During colonialism slavery grew to epic levels. Exploitation of the new world with colonialism helped speed up

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