Chapter 15
Unit 4 World History
The Battle of  the Pyramids by Louis-Francois Baron Lejeune. (Public Domain photo. Info can be found here)
The British under the East India Company destroying the Chinese Junk ships in Anson’s Bay (1841). (Public Domain photo. Info can be found here)
This chapter covers the reactions to imperialism in Asia from the side of the people in that continent instead of covering it solely from the side of the West. It covers some of the issues that arise in the countries themselves as they are attempting to keep their own countries from the Europeans. A great deal of time is spent in explaining the issues in China and Korea in this time period as well as the far different reactions in Japan during this time. Understanding these concepts is pivotal in understanding the Pacific Theater in WWII so we as a class spend a good amount of time setting this up as well as we can.

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. In what ways was the US the root cause of the Japanese decision to join into the race of Imperialism? How did this occur?
  2. How were the Japanese able to industrialize so quickly? How did they accomplish this?

Chapter Content

Use the following links to find the content you are interested in or use the search bar at the top right to look for specific concepts.

The Qing Empire in China 

Things Continue To Spiral in China 

Pre-Industrial Japan 

The US Challenges Japanese Isolation 

Japan Prepares To Join The Imperialists 

Imperialist Moves by Japan 


The following are a list of helpful resources that can be used in studying for this chapter.

Class Notes

These are the notes that I use for class. All information found in these notes lead directly to the test so they should be used in studying if you want the correct answers. This can only be accessed by students logged into their school account.

Chapter Powerpoint

This link will lead you to the PowerPoint for this unit. Those who missed class can use this to catch up on what was taught in class and what specific concepts to focus on in your studying.

Exam Review

This is the review that should be used to prepare for the exam. All exam questions will be connected directly to this document. Students are expected to answer all questions and are encouraged to know the rest also.

Review Videos

The videos to the right are placed here so that you can find other ways to study if that is your desire. Crash course videos tend to work pretty well for this type of studying as many of the AP World students use them to prep for tests. Please feel free to click on any of the videos in this feed for more info.