Technology and European Imperialism Book Review by Jay Writtings LLC

Technology and European Imperialism
A review of "Tools of Empire" by Daniel R. Headrick.
# 116184 | 1,093 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | US

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The paper explains the thesis put forth by Daniel R. Headrick in his book, "Tools of Empire", that it was the second Industrial Revolution that gave European nations the ability to conquer massive amounts of land and control people from half a world away against seemingly impossible odds. The paper analyzes Headrick's arguments and concludes that his arguments are all valid, with his thesis proven to be correct.

Headrick's Key Arguments
Analysis of Headrick's Arguments

From the Paper:

"Tools of Empire, by Daniel R. Headrick, is not a new work, having been first published in 1981, but is still viable and worth the read for students of the era he describes. Headrick uses the argument that technology made the creation of empire a worthwhile endeavor for the first time in the later half of the 19th century. It permitted European nations to seize large amounts of property, subjugate the land and people and then milk it like a cow in the barn. This is a valid thesis, for men and nations tend to do all of which they are capable in terms of self-aggrandizement and glorification. Given the means, they will avail themselves. It was the second Industrial Revolution that permitted small European nations to conquer massive amounts of the world's real estate against what would seem to be astronomical odds, in terms of manpower alone."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Headrick, Daniel. The Tools of Empire (1981): (U.S.A.: Oxford University Press, 1981) 73 and 129

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