Imperialism, the practice by which powerful nations or peoples seek to extend and maintain control or influence over weaker nations or peoples. You could associate imperialism solely with the economic expansion of capitalist states or you could reserve it for European expansion. Rather than one state attempting to unify the world, we as states establish political control over territories in South and Southeast Asia and in the New World. We should have economic, political, and ideological motives for imperialism and each are very important. Economic explanations of imperialism are the most common. States are motivated to dominate others by the need to expand their economies. They need to strive for raw materials, additional sources of labor, and new outlets for surplus. We have a tendency to control the trade of our colonies, in order to monopolize the benefits of that trade. The British power has extended profoundly, mainly through direct colonial rule. Our political motives to expand are primarily because of Britain's desire for power, prestige, security, and diplomatic advantages. Lastly are motives for ideological motives focus on nothing but our own morals. It is our idea that the "white man's burden" needs to civilize "backward" people. Sometimes we feel we need to push ourselves as missionaries to spread political, cultural, or religious beliefs to other lands. Many disagreements arise between those who believe that imperialism is exploitation and is responsible for the underdevelopment of poor nations and for the people who believe that it is the best way for us to stay a powerful country. All in all, what is the best for Britain, should we let underdeveloped countries come forth and become stronger, or let them struggle?.