Jules Ferry was Prime Minister of France as that nation launched its imperial expansion. In a debate with member of the French Parliament, Ferry Defends the decision to expand. Read his remarks and respond to the following questions:
According to Ferry, what recent developments in world trade have made it urgent for France to have colonies?
What arguments against imperialism have been raised by Ferry’s critics? How does he counter them?
What non-economic arguments does Ferry offer in favor of imperialism?
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