How Social Darwinism Influenced Imperialism

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Social Darwinism fueled imperialism by making imperialistic nations believe that their imperialistic ventures were a natural turn of events and not a cruel, opressionistic system of government. These imperialistic nations exploited other nations and cultures and their troops’ motivation was the glory of the nation and the eradication of the weaker races on earth. These soldiers believed in Social Darwinism. Also, nations were able to become imperialistic because of the support of their people. They “…

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…far as to put a man on trial for teaching Darwinist theories in school. This was the Scopes Monkey Trial. So, despite their undeniable, unshakeable belief in creationism, imperialistic nations refused to stop believing in Social Darwinism as a justification for their tyrannical actions. In conclusion, Social Darwinism fueled imperialism because it led imperialistic nations to believe that the invasion and oppression of different peoples was justified because it was a natural turn of events.