AP Chapter 17

Chapter 17: The Age of Western Imperialism


Learning Objectives:

  1. How did early modern colonization differ from 19th century western imperialism?
  2. How did Britain use its economic might extend its influence around the world?
  3. Why was India such an important part of the British Empire?
  4. What was new about the “New Imperialism” and what role did economic motives play in 19th century imperialism?
  5. How did European politics contribute to the “scramble for Africa?”
  6. How did Russia come to control a vast and diverse Asian empire and what developments facilitated western penetration and control of Asia?
  7. How did technological innovations make 19th century imperialism possible?
  8. What was the relationship between missionaries and their home governments?
  9. How did science help imperialism capture the imagination of domestic audiences in Europe?

Key Topics:

  1. The Close of the Age of Early Modern Colonization
  2. The Age of British Imperial Dominance

III. India-The Jewel in the Crown of the British Empire

  1. The “New Imperialism,” 1870-1914
  2. Motives for New Imperialism
  3. The Partition of Africa

VII. Russian Expansion in Mainland Asia

VIII. Western Powers in Asia

  1. Tools of Imperialism
  2. The Missionary Factor
  3. Science and Imperialism

XII. In Perspective

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