Colonialism

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  • The practice of a strong nation extending its control territorially over a weaker society. Colonialism is not restricted to a time or place as it was practiced by the Greeks, the Romans, and the Ottoman Empire, but has become more widely identified with the practices of the Europeans in the later centuries as an extension of the civilization of European people to peoples considered inferior and coming from backward societies.

    Colonialism is often used synonymously with imperialism, although the two may be mutually exclusive concepts. Colonialism occurs when the domination involves the transfer of a population from the dominant country to a new territory, where the new residents live as permanent settlers while maintaining their political allegiance to their country of origin. Imperialism, on the other ...

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