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  • A policy whereby the dominant interests of one nation expropriate for their own enrichment the land, labor, raw materials, and markets of another people. This is done either through territorial acquisition or by the establishment of economic and political hegemony over other nations. Although imperialism can exist without the creation of formal colonies, some political writers have likened imperialism to neocolonialism. Early imperialist empires include Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Persian and Roman empires.

    Two types of imperialism exist. The first, formal, or direct, imperialism occurs when a foreign state manages the day-to-day political, social, and economic interactions of another land. America's domination over the Philippines exemplifies formal imperialism. The second type, informal, or indirect, imperialism exists when a foreign state works through local political parties to ...

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