Do you think it's possible that imperialism and empires will ever make a come-back?

Mar 2016
1,222
Australia
#1
The world sort of got tired and fed up with these things from around the beginning of the First World War to after the Second World War, having seen the disastrous things they can lead to, and ever since, most first-world nations in the world have settled down into comfortable democracies that mind their own businesses (okay, excluding Vietnam and Iraq, but those wars weren't for the sake of imperialism and conquest, but for a myriad of other reasons, however genuine or not). Conquering weaker nations and taking their land and riches is no longer seen as acceptable, and it's very hard to imagine these things ever coming back into popularity.

But do you think it's at all possible that we'll ever see a world where empires re-emerge again, like the empires of the 18th century with France, Spain, England, etc?
 
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Feb 2016
5,049
Atlantic Ocean
#2
They are kind of on the way back, look at Russia and China. both are becoming rapidly more respected by the average person, and this is after they start waving the stick.
 
Nov 2010
7,666
Cornwall
#3
The world sort of got tired and fed up with these things from around the beginning of the First World War to after the Second World War, having seen the disastrous things they can lead to, and ever since, most first-world nations in the world have settled down into comfortable democracies that mind their own businesses (okay, excluding Vietnam and Iraq, but those wars weren't for the sake of imperialism and conquest, but for a myriad of other reasons, however genuine or not). Conquering weaker nations and taking their land and riches is no longer seen as acceptable, and it's very hard to imagine these things ever coming back into popularity.

But do you think it's at all possible that we'll ever see a world where empires re-emerge again, like the empires of the 18th century with France, Spain, England, etc?
Aaron is right. Empires die, others are formed. Were it ever so.

Have you ever heard of the Soviet Bloc? You seem to have missed it out!
 
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Apr 2016
1,646
United Kingdom
#5
The world sort of got tired and fed up with these things from around the beginning of the First World War to after the Second World War, having seen the disastrous things they can lead to

It didn't grow tired of them; it lost the ability and will to sustain the bigger ones, and learned there were other ways to achieve the same effect. The underlying mechanics of competition and an anarchic global order haven't gone anywhere, and aren't going to, so when they become sustainable and advantageous once more expect big empires to make a roaring comeback. I say big empires because many small ones go in the guise of countries and we often don't notice them. If imperium really had lost its touch, Spain, the UK, Russia, and scores of other countries wouldn't be trying to keep a lid on their secessionists right now. Sri Lanka would've surrendered to the Tamil Tigers; the Philippines to MILF; Morocco to West Sahara, etc.
 
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Oct 2015
1,171
California
#6
The world sort of got tired and fed up with these things from around the beginning of the First World War to after the Second World War, having seen the disastrous things they can lead to, and ever since, most first-world nations in the world have settled down into comfortable democracies that mind their own businesses (okay, excluding Vietnam and Iraq, but those wars weren't for the sake of imperialism and conquest, but for a myriad of other reasons, however genuine or not). Conquering weaker nations and taking their land and riches is no longer seen as acceptable, and it's very hard to imagine these things ever coming back into popularity.

But do you think it's at all possible that we'll ever see a world where empires re-emerge again, like the empires of the 18th century with France, Spain, England, etc?

There's a second "scramble for Africa" this time by China.
 
Jun 2015
5,734
UK
#7
the geo-politics we have now is entirely set up to prevent large global empires.

there would have to be a change in this or some large country or region that is able to hav e a tech advantage and/or hegemony over others.
 

Rodger

Ad Honorem
Jun 2014
6,171
US
#9
Not in the classical sense. What you could see are regional empires, a conglomeration of nations forming a block of power. Kind of what we saw with the development of the EU. Keeping these empires intact will be a real challenge, as we have recently seen. Now, economic power is one thing, military power is another. It certainly cost a substantial amount of money to become a military power in the 21st century.
 

kazeuma

Ad Honorem
Jun 2012
2,366
#10
You forgot the United States has held imperial powers since it toppled the Mexican government and annexed Texas and the western state. The US strong armed through Latin America, Africa, and Asia - and still does so with the same concern as any 19th century European power concerning the natives that live there or the state they live in.
 

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