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Empire, imperialism, and colonialism are all interrelated tactics of geopolitics that are used to achieve similar goals of one state maintaining economic, political, or even cultural dominance over other territories. Today, we’re going to unravel the impacts of colonialism at different times throughout history from Taiwan to Myanmar as we examine the longstanding impacts of these relationships. We’ll also take a look at how some countries today, like Thailand, have taken the control of the narrative through culinary colonization.


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Cracking the AP Human Geography Exam: 2020 edition.  The Princeton Review.


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Let's think together for a moment about all the people who have lived where you live now and all the different states and nations and empires who've claimed that land. Like right now I'm standing on land in what's now South Florida that's currently controlled by the U but it in the past has been controlled by the Spanish is possibly named after the Mayaimi and is the traditional territory of the Calusa, Miccosukee, Seminole, Taino and Tequesta nations. As we've talked about a few times here on crash course geography, each place comes with multiple names and a long history of rulers and claims that can still influence how it's perceived today. As geographers, we can look at why those territories change control so much and what the impact of that control has on relationships and landscapes. I'm Alize Carrere and this is CrashCourse Geography.
Last time, we explored the relationships different economic systems can create between states. This can be a relationship like the one between Bulgaria and Germany. Their shared communist then capitalist history has led to longstanding alliances and being committed trading partners through all sorts of governments and economies. Though we've also seen how geopolitics and different governments can influence the relationships between states and today we're going to talk about a particular form of governing and the lasting impact it can have throughout the world. That's right, get out your risk boards, we're talking about empires.
An empire forms when a single authority controls multiple territories, states and countries. there are several ways an empire can function ranging from intrusive to rather hands-off. but when an empire also creates unequal economic or power relationships, that relationship is considered imperialism, though this relationship can eventually be more hands-off too. Imperialism describes the domination and subordination of one state over others and is often motivated by the acquisition of land, resources or strategic positions. From there we can look at different types of colonisation which is either a type of imperialism or just another type of empire depending on who you ask. That often implies settlement of people in an area and a degree of cultural control in addition to control of land and resources.

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