Unit 7: Nineteenth-Century World
Hong Kong harbor probably looked just a little bit different way, way, way back in the nineteenth century.
must do in this unit
What you can do in this unit
- Read chapters 23, 28, 29 and 30 in the textbook (chapters 19, 24, 25 and 26 in the Edgar textbook--this looks like a
lot of reading but focus on the questions to consider and the key terms).
- Check the course notes on Imperialism.
- Study the Questions to Consider and the Key Terms for the unit.
- Post (or respond) your thoughts/ideas about this unit's reading and assignment in the Blackboard online discussion forum. Do not post your assignment there.
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
- Read Chinua Achebe, Things Fall
Apart, or Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Child of All Nations, or Amadou Hampaté Bâ, The Fortunes of Wangrin (if you are going to submit the optional imperialism paper).
- Submit the
Optional Imperialism paper. If you don't understand why I call this an optional paper, take a look at the Explanation of Assignments and Grading
- You may listen to some further information about Imperialism and
Africa from my HIS 102 course.
- Read my notes on the Dreyfus Affair, which rocked France at the turn of the century.
- I have available the very detailed lecture notes of Professor Thomas Hammond, one of my advisors at the University of Virginia, on imperialism
(*.pdf file). These notes will give you not only a summary of
the key events of the imperialist era, but also give you an idea of what a professor's
lecture notes look like.
This was also the age of Impressionism. See the trip to the Art Institute of Chicago by two of my former students.
Extra Credit Options
- See the videos dealing with Imperialism in the HIS 102 course.
- For extra credit please suggest to your instructor a relevant video for this unit of the course. Send the title of the video, the url and a brief explanation of why you find the video interesting and applicable to the material that is being studied in this unit.
- Take the short 5-point quizzes for chapters 23, 28, 29 and 30. Log into Blackboard and look under "Chapter Quizzes." You have five minutes to complete each quiz (multiple-choice questions).
- For a maximum of 50 points extra credit, review these sources (The Earl of Cromer, Why Britain Acquired Egypt in 1882
(1908); Wilfred Scawen Blunt: Britain's Imperial Destiny (1896-1899); Anthony Trollope: The Diamond Fields of South
Africa (1870)) and write a short paper examining the colonial experience. Please be sure to include quoted material.
- Explain the outcomes of the
Berlin Conference of 1884-85 in a one-page paper for a maximum of 50
points extra credit. Please be sure to cite your sources.
- Was there an "Impressionism" movement in
music and literature? Write a one-page paper for a maximum of 50 points extra credit.
- Watch Breaker Morant
and write a one-page
paper assessing the historical accuracy of the movie for a maximum of 50
points extra credit.
- What was the extent of
and justification for
American imperialism at the turn of the twentieth century? Answer that question
in a long paragraph for a maximum of 25 points extra credit--maybe more-- (Use some of the resources available at
- Read Lenin's
explain his main revisions to Marx's theory of socialism in a short paper (1-2 pages)
for a maximum of 50
points extra credit.
- For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read Captain F. D. Lugard, The Rise of Our East African Empire
(1893) and write a long paragraph explaining the rationale for the British empire in Africa.
- For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read Simón de Bolívar (1783-1830): Message to the Congress of
Angostura (1819) and write a paragraph in which you examine Bolivar's rationale for his resistance and his political ideas.
- For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read the Monroe Doctrine (1823) and write a paragraph in which you explain the justification for American imperialism.
- For extra credit of a maximum of 10 points,
you can submit the answers to the Achebe study questions. Please write in formal, complete sentences.
- For extra credit, please suggest a
relevant website for this unit of the course. Send the title of the site, the url and a
brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to
the material being studied this unit.