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Imperialism, defined by The Dictionary of Human Geography, is "the creation and maintenance of an unequal economic, cultural and territorial relationship, usually between states and often in the form of an empire, based on domination and subordination." Imperialism has been described as a primarily western concept that employs "expansionist – mercantilist and latterly communist – systems."[1] Geographical domains include the Roman Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, the Portuguese Empire, the Spanish Empire, the Dutch Empire, the Persian Empire, the French Empire,[2] the Russian Empire,[3] the American Empire, the Chinese Empire, or the British Empire,[4] but the term can equally be applied to domains of knowledge, beliefs, values and expertise, such as the empires of Christianity (see Christendom)[5] or Islam (see Caliphate).[6] Imperialism is usually autocratic, and also sometimes monolithic[7] in character.

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  1. Johnston, Ronald John (2000). The Dictionary of Human Geography (4th ed.). Wiley-Blackwell. p. 375. ISBN 0631205616.
  2. Ottoman Empire, French Empire, Encyclopedia of the Orient
  3. The Empire that was Russia, Library of Congress
  4. The British Empire
  5. John B Cobb, Christianity and Empire,
  6. Islam Empire of Faith
  7. John Rees, Imperialism: globalisation, the state and war, International Socialism Journal 93, Winter 2001
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