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UNIT 21: Colonial Identities

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Unit 11. Early Empires

What makes an "empire?" Through the Mongol empire, the Mali empire, and the Inka empire, this unit examines the construction of empires, their administrative structures, legitimating ideologies, and the environmental and technological conditions that shaped them. It is related to Unit 21 because it provides a comparative framework for understanding this later period of colonialism. more »

Unit 19. Global Industrialization

How was the story of the industrial revolution a global process? Industrialization was and is a global process, not just a European or American story. This unit links Cuba, Uruguay, Europe, and Japan, examining the impact of industry on trade, environment, culture, technology, and lives around the world. It is related to Unit 21 because industrialization was a critical factor in allowing a few nation-states to become powerful enough to dominate much of the world through imperialism. more »

Unit 20. Imperial Designs

What lasting impacts did modern imperialism have on the world? The profound consequences of imperialism are examined in the South African frontier and Brazil, where politics, culture, industrial capitalism, and the environment were shaped and re-shaped. This unit is related to Unit 21 because it explains how imperial structures functioned, and why these structures created new relationships between once-distant peoples. more »

Unit 22. Global War and Peace

How "global" were the World Wars? This unit examines Japanese imperialism, the Belgian Congo, and twentieth century peace institutions to study how local, national, ethnic, and religious conflicts shaped these wars and their aftermaths. This unit is related to Unit 21 because the World Wars set the process of decolonization in motion, partly because colonized peoples could no longer be convinced that their colonizers had monopolies on "civilization" and cultural superiority. more »

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