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?