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WWII led to a collapse in colonial empires Europe had created prior to the turn of the century. Budding historians examine the fall of Imperialism through expository writing. They compose three responses that discuss the role of the Indian caste system, European imperialism, and its collapse after WWII.
How did British imperialism and colonization impact India? Uncover how India was considered to be Britain's most valuable colony, how Europe's Industrial Revolution affected India, and the beginnings of the East India Company. A short, but clear, explanation of colonialisms' impact on India.
Students draw comparisons between the attack on Pearl Harbor and the September 11th terrorist attacks. In this Pearl Harbor lesson, students read about Japanese Imperialism and and the Pearl Harbor attack. Students discuss the parallels between the World War II and the War on Terror.
Continued conflict in the Middle East makes this lesson relevant, and the inclusion of a critique of Lawrence of Arabia might increase student interest in a potentially challenging topic. The resource includes a solid introduction to the history of the region, suggested readings (both primary and secondary sources), and instructions for writing a movie review that addresses the historical accuracy of the film. A general rubric for the paper is included as well as a sample essay. Though the lesson indicates that it is suitable for grades 9-12, it may be better suited to juniors and seniors.
Students recognize that the Ottoman Empire was at its grandest during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent. They use a map to draw in the extent of and the details of the Ottoman Empire during hie reign. In addition, they prove the statement, "The Ottoman Empire was a crossroads of trade and culture between Europe and Asia."
The epic clash of reason and emotion comes to life in this informative presentation. Detailing the period of Romanticism in 19th century Europe, these slides contain pictures of the most famous pieces of art during this period. Viewers will be drawn to the darkness of the Gothics and to the idealism of the artists and writers of the time. Note: This could be used in conjunction with a literary or art unit.
Students examine the wars the United States was involved in between 1898 and 1945. In groups, they determine the causes and effects of each war and how each war changed the way the United States handled their foreign affairs. As a class, they debate American imperialism and how we have used it to our advantage in each war.
Eleventh graders research the acquisition of colonial outposts throughout the Pacific Ocean by the United States during the late-nineteenth century. They present their findings to the class and propose which countries or territories the United States should use for better trade relations.
Research European expansionism and colonialism during the Age of Exploration. Study the Marquise de Miramon and discuss the objects from Japan. Research Europe's expansionism and colonialism during the Age of Exploration by working in groups to complete section research. Debate about the topic, discuss exoticsm, cultural imperialism, and create a related art activity.
Students discover how Japanese dissidents spoke out against the injustice practiced in Imperial Japan. In this Japanese history lesson, students listen to a lecture about the silent dissidents in the nation prior to World War II and the role they played in their government. Students draw comparisons between these dissidents and other dissidents in history. Students write their own war poems with dissident voices.