Is imperialism strictly a white thing?
We had the choice to not sack Muslims out of revenge during the Crusades but we still did, and we still reacted to the decline of the scholastic Golden Age by going to fucking America.
How would history have been different if we had stuck with the more modest option during the Middle Ages?
Humanity doesnt make collective choices on direction. The crusades were privately funded endeavors. The church and local Kingdoms independently raised the capital and men to wage the crusades, and as such when the money ran out, so did the fervor to fight such a war. Propaganda could only substitute for gold and silver for so long, before the desire to lose ones life in a foreign land for literally nothing was less appealing than ceding a rotten hell-hole in the desert.
There was a simultaneous existence of domestic feudalism, and mercenary warfare during the middle ages.
what the fuck? why do people not even look at the 4000 years of recorded history before 1500?
mongols, muslims, chinese, persians, assyrians, babylonians, akkadians, the inca, the list goes on and on
all of history is imperialism
I'd have to agree with this to extent. I think as we move forward and countries become more liberalized imperialism as we know it will slowly die out.
Look at how long borders have been static in highly developed nations compared to just 100 years ago, or how aggressive imperialistic nations are often condemned for their actions now.
I think in the future land acquisition will be done almost entirely through purchases or perhaps as a way to rectify past wrongs.
why would we have done that
imperialism was done because it made sense at the time. that's the same for every empire. it's easier to go fuck up someone else than deal with your own shit.