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Individuals, groups and movements claiming to be anti-imperialist denounce the imperial discourse used to make this type of policy acceptable to the population. Imperialism is a "policy, practice, or advocacy of extending the power and dominion of a nation especially by direct territorial acquisitions or by gaining indirect control over the political or economic life of other areas." -Merriam Webster. [1] Anti-imperialism opposes this domination.

For a more complete understanding, see our definitions page for imperialism.

Consequences of Imperialism

Economic exploitation [2]

  • Native populations were dispossessed of their lands by colonizers, to make way for production of resources and thus more wealth.
  • Original inhabitants are stripped of their resources, land and livelihoods, and left impoverished.
  • Many inhabitants are hired cheaply, and exploited as labourers.

Breakdown of traditional society [3]

  • Indigenous people are marginalized and forced to live in separate neighborhoods, prohibited from entering certain places, etc.
  • The diffusion of Western ways of life in the colonies leads to the loss of one’s own culture from the imposition of another. 
Colonialism Imperialism is often linked to colonialism. For more on it's consequences, see our definitions page on colonialism.

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