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Big Era Seven: Landscape Unit 7.5

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The Experience of Colonialism
1850 - 1914 CE

Why This Unit?

This unit investigates the period in which, for better or for worse, the entire world faced the West. The forces of Westernization penetrated coastlines, national boundaries, geographic barriers, and even mental barriers, so that by 1914 even places that were in all-out revolt against Western concepts were inescapably engaged in dialectic with them.

Unit Objectives

Upon completing this unit, students will be able to:

1.) Describe the global transformation wrought by industrial imperialism on multiple levels, the scope and depth of change from international politics to village economics.

2.) Identify the historical causes of this wave of imperialism, particularly economic, political, technological, and ideological factors; analyze how these factors operated as causes, and how they reinforced each other.

3.) Analyze the successes and failures of resistance to industrial imperialism, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of collaboration, using specific examples.

4.) Trace the connections between industrial imperialism and its consequences in the lives of people around the globe.

Time and Materials

This unit is written as five main lessons. Each lesson incorporates several optional activities, and can be adapted by the teacher to become a lesson for one day, or for up to four or five days.

This unit requires a standard world history textbook, standard school supplies (paper, pens), and includes Internet resources.

Table of Contents

Why this unit?

2

Unit objectives

2

Time and materials

3

This unit's Big Question

3

Authors

3

The historical context

3

This unit in the Big Era time line

14

Lesson 1: How Big was the new imperialism?

15
Lesson 2: What caused the new imperialism?
27
Lesson 3: What changed over time? The Delta chart
34
Lesson 4: Resist or collaborate
38
Lesson 5: Culminating activity
41
This unit and the Three Essential Questions
46
This unit and the Seven Key Themes
46
This unit and the Standards in Historical Thinking
47
Resources
47
Correlations to National and State Standards
51
Conceptual links to other lessons
52

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