Chapter 14

Unit 4 World History

The Battle of  the Pyramids by Louis-Francois Baron Lejeune. (Public Domain photo. Info can be found here)

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. 

Essential questions

The following questions are meant to be studied during the chapter as possible essay questions for your exam.
Please be ready for any of the following 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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