20th Century Colonialism and Imperialism The distinction between the concepts of colonialism and imperialism is blurry. Both allow for the exploitation of natural and human resources across space and time. The terms have similar meanings and are often used interchangeably. Imperialism is essentially the control and domination of a distant territory from a central, imperial seat. Colonialism, on the other hand, is the establishment of settlements by a ruling state in a distant territory (Shirlow, et al. 116). Recent definitions have suggested that each is a facet of the other: that imperialism is a concept or state policy, and colonialism is the practice of imperialism for settlement and/or commercial purposes (Ibid.). The imperialism that...The end:
.....kingdom of Hawai’i (Ries and Weber n.d.). It was the United States’ entry onto the stage of global imperialism that led it to enter World War I, its first involvement in a European conflict, in the second decade of the twentieth century. Works Cited Nash, Gary. Red, White, and Black: The Peoples of Early North America (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2010. Ries, John and Mark Weber. “The Fateful Year 1898: The United States Becomes and Imperial Power.” Institute for Historical Review. Retrieved November 4, 2010 <http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v13/v13n4p4_Ries.html> Shirlow, Peter; Carolyn Gallaher; Mary Gilmartin ; Alison Mountz ; and Carl Dahlman . Key Concepts in Political Geography. London: SAGE Publications, 2009.