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Imperialism/Crash Course World History

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Imperialism/Crash Course World History


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John Green teaches you about European Imperialism in the 19th century. European powers started to create colonial empires way back in the 16th century, but businesses really took off in the 19th century, especially in Asia and  Africa. During the 1800s, European powers carved out spheres of influence in China, India, and pretty much all of Africa. While all of the major (and some minor) powers in Europe participated in this new imperialism, England was by far the most dominant, once able to claim that the "sun never set on the British Empire." Also, they went to war for the right to continue to sell opium to the people of China--twice. John will teach you how these empires managed to leverage the advances of the Industrial Revolution to build vast, wealth-generating empires. As it turns out, improved medicine, steam engines, and better guns were crucial in the 19th-century conquests. Also, the willingness to exploit and abuse the people and resources of so-called "primitive" nations was very helpful in the whole enterprise.

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Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 9
World History: 1500 to the Present
11 ) Describe the impact of European nationalism and Western imperialism as forces of global transformation, including the unification of Italy and Germany, the rise of Japan's power in East Asia, economic roots of imperialism, imperialist ideology, colonialism and national rivalries, and United States' imperialism.

•  Describing resistance to European imperialism in Africa, Japan, and China
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Strand: Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: World History: 1500 to the Present
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Describe the role of nationalism and imperialism in global transformation during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including in Africa, Japan, and China.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • European nationalism
  • Western imperialism
  • colonialism
  • national rivalries
Students know:
  • How to describe the global impact of European nationalism and Western imperialism.
Students are able to:
  • Use a variety of types of maps, identify countries and regions that were colonized and/or colonizers.
  • Examine and analyze historical evidence, using a variety of types of primary resources.
Students understand that:
  • Nationalism and imperialism impacted countries and societies around the world during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.9.11- Explain nationalism and imperialism.
SS.AAS.9.11a- Identify factors that caused European nationalism.
SS.AAS.9.11b- Identify factors that caused Western imperialism.

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Author: Ginger Boyd