Do you feel this expansion reflects the positive contributions of inventions and technological advances emanating from industrialism?
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Imperialism was directly triggered by the second phase of industrialization. The Industrial Revolution triggered a voracious pursuit of natural resources such as coal, tin, iron, diamonds and gold. Factories were required to turn the natural resources into items that were useful for their populations. As demand rose for the newest ships, transportation technology (railroads) and communication technology (telegraphs and telephones), European powers were required to find these resources elsewhere, which meant taking over large swaths of Africa and Asia to strip-mine these resources and ship them back to the mother country....