Colonialism

Disciplines: Economics, Political Science

Colonialism is the theory of the territorial extension of national power.

Nations and economies will seek to extend their influence by colonizing weaker or less economically developed areas.

Theories of colonialism differ as to whether the principal motive in this expansion is military or economic.

Also see: imperialism

Source:
Geoffrey Roberts and Alistair Edwards, A New Dictionary of Political Analysis (London, 1991)

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