It would be hard to find a country that was never affected by the colonization of European power country. In most all cases of a foreign country establishing control over another, results in long term lasting consequences.
Occasionally, there can be some good along with the bad when a country takes over another, albeit not the ideal way for improvement. Such was the case with British imperialism in Egypt. British control brought changes to the Egyptian economy and government, changes that even today displays evidence of the country’s imperialism. With British control over Egypt came alterations and reorganization of egyptian societal structure in both negative and beneficial ways.
Undeniably, Egypt has a strategic economic and military position, making it a desirable place for European powers to control. In addition to positioning, the gem that is the Suez Canal was very much sought after. The canal was essentially a shortcut between Europe and South Asia by cutting through Africa (Evan). In 1882, Egypt was officially acquired by the United Kingdom. Apart from losing independence, the British neglected the Egyptian education and health system.
It was in such a state that even after gaining independence, those two things were severely behind in the beginning of the 20th century. Egypt was also involved in World War 1 due to the British control. The country became an importance base and critical source of labour and supplies. The British granted Egypt independence in 1922, with the exception of maintaining the right to station troops and Egypt conforms to a constitutional monarchy system. When Egypt finally gained back full independence, they had lost much of their culture through westernization.
Considering that the connotation associated with the word imperialism is negative, it is unexpected to see when countries have also benefited. Previous to British imperialism, Egypt had a failing economic system. Egyptian finances were organized and positively impacted economy. The British constructed dams which modernized the Egyptian irrigation system. With the introduction of western clothing, the use of cotton production rose and used to expand modernization in production.
This in return aided in stabilizing the economy, with increased trade between the south mediterranean region of Europe. Egyptian arabic is the native language however, due to years under British control, english is also widely spoken and understood, beneficial for the mass tourism. In some ways, imperialism positively affected the Egyptian economy and led to the development of greater and efficient infrastructure. Fortunately, the country was able to recover from most of the unfavorable alterations forced upon them, while also stabilizing the economy. Egypt will continue to show evidence of British influence, but being an independent country, will be free to modify and preserve their culture as they see fit.