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Imperialism Topic Page
Broadly, the extension of rule or influence by one government, nation, or society over another.
Colonization Topic Page
Extension of political and economic control over an area by a state whose nationals have occupied the area and usually possess organizational or technological superiority over the native population. It may consist simply in a migration of nationals to the territory, or it may be the formal assumption of control over the territory by military or civil representatives of the dominant power
Colonialism in the Middle East
The modern Middle East is a product of various movements with long-lasting consequences to its current geographic composition. With both internal and external actors and influences, colonialism in the Middle East diverged from other related conquests throughout the globe. Regional and nonregional powers played a crucial role in the mapping of the modern Middle East and often delineated the region’s governments and regimes. With a number of imperial colonial powers—namely the Ottoman Empire, Britain, and France—shaping its current geographic makeup, most countries came to be independent nation-states during the early and latter parts of the twentieth century, predominantly during the decolonization era of the 1940s and 1950s.
Site devoted to the history of the British Empire. Categories to browse include timelines, art and culture, armed forces and bibliographies. Also offers a resources section that includes a glossary of terms and links to related information.