14) Imperialism

Ch. 14 The Development Of Imperialism

A caricature of Uncle Sam teaching children from various areas of the world. It is pretty obvious how the artist felt about those from countries other than the U.S. in this picture. This is often shown in classrooms as an example of the prejudice in the West at this time. (Public Domain photo. Info can be found here)

As we inch closer to the modern world it is important to cover some of the historical concepts that lead to some of our current issues. This chapter covers one of the concepts that has helped create some of the problems in the next century. The process known as imperialism would change the world in ways that are still being felt today. We cover the most well known examples of imperialism and the immediate effects of that process. Due to the fact that it is hard to view this concept in positive terms, this chapter gets a little bit depressing. I do, however, take a break by giving the students a chance to have a debate over current school curriculum. This helps negate (to an extent) all the negative talk of military and/or economic take overs, murder and genocide that is sometimes associated with the process itself. 

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. Explain the justifications given for imperialism and why they were a bit strange in retrospect.
  2. How was Leopold able to keep the rest of the world from realizing what he was really doing in the Belgian Congo?
  3. In what was did either the Philippine-American War or the Annexation of Hawaii betray the ideals that the US was founded on?
  4. What specific decisions led to the Sepoy Rebellion and how was this handled?

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