13) Revolutionary Ideas Spread

Haitian Revolution

The Haitian army fighting the French in the Battle at San Domingo. (Public Domain photo. Info can be found here)

After the American and French Revolutions, many of the ideas that were prominent in those movements set off movements in other areas of the world. This chapter starts off covering the rise of abolitionist movements around the world as well as some well-known slave revolts. A few major names in history are discussed in the process of explaining this and we cover some of the consequences of these movements.

Next we cover the independence movements of both Europe and the Americas that often show influence from one of the two major revolutions from Ch. 11. The vast majority of the names of these movements (from Garibaldi to Bolivar) are towering figures in history that are often ignored in curriculums in the United States. After these independence movements succeeded, these new countries would experience major turmoil in the creation of new governments due to regionalism and other differences among these new countries. These issues would prove much too challenging in most places and the new countries would break into those that we see on the maps currently.

This chapter is one that I am still in the process of developing from the content I have in other formats. Until I am able to make this a Web-based content structure (like that of Ch. 11) I have provided a link below to my class notes. This is only accessible to students in my course, but this will change soon.

Essential Questions

  1. Which of the unification movements of the 1870’s was more difficult in your belief? Why?
  2. Why is France such a dynamic country in reference to how it treated its slaves?
  3. Why was the role of the Creoles vital in the Independence movements of Latin American countries?
  4. Why was the role of William Wilberforce so important despite not actually achieving his goal personally?

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