"Imperialism: Ancient and Modern"

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Imperialism: Ancient and Modern

Major attitudes towards imperialism depended on the point of view that the attitude is coming from. For example, religious beings wanted to spread their religion, or have an influence over other peoples and lands...so naturally, in return, their attitudes were good towards imperialism. But, mostly, views were generally the same, in that imperialism was smiled upon, mostly because of the nationalistic feelings of the people. They felt that their society was best and that they should pass it on or at least influence foreign lands and cultures with their own religion and practices.

Major modern attitudes are much more frowned upon than smiled upon in contrast to the older days of Europe. An imperialistic nation nowadays is seen as stretching their power, or misusing it. Although nationalism is heavy today due to terrorist attacks and other nationalistic-moving events, it is not really expressed along the lines as being patriotic, and therefore, imperialism is greatly disliked among at least half of today's people.

There isn't much justification for imperialism today. It, as stated earlier, is more often seen as overpowering and pushing around a nation's power. It's seen today as erroneous and wrong. But in ancient Europe, nationalistic pride was running high, people wanted to expand their culture and ideals, whereas today, there are more liberals who want to let people just be as they want to be in their own country, and do what they want to do.

In some ways, I think imperialism is different than it used to be due to the fact that motives are different. Back in ancient Europe, they wanted to expand ideals, and allow their country to grow and conquer. Today, reasons for it are different. Imperialism is rarely done without a good reason. If a country...