19th Century Imperialism Webquest and Video Analysis with Key- this is a 14 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 37 questions based on a Crash Course World History video and an online article.
Students will begin this assignment by watching the Crash Course World History video: Imperialism. The video will introduce the time period and go over the key themes and events of the time. The video opens by discussing China and how Britain and other European powers were able to divide the ancient kingdom into spheres of influence. The importation of opium into China, and the resulting wars and rebellions are described and how Europeans took advantage of the chaos in China. Following China, he video moves on to the "Scramble for Africa." The early attempts at European colonialism are discussed, and so are the reasons Europeans were unable to gain more than a toehold in Africa for centuries (disease, technological parity). The advancements of weapons (Maxim machine gun), improvement in medicine, and the steam boat are then reviewed as the reasons Europeans were able to conquer the majority of the African continent in only a few decades. Finally, the video looks at British rule in India. The use of local leaders and the process of "indirect rule" is explained as is how the French used the same process in their own colonies. The colonization of both New Zealand and Egypt is also discussed. Following the video, students will be directed to an online reading regarding the New Imperialism of the 19th century. The unification of Germany and Italy upsetting the balance of power in Europe, nationalism, industrialization, social Darwinism, religious motives, and militarism are all explained as motives of imperialism. The article concludes by taking a closer look at the empires created by the British, Dutch, French, Germans, Italians, and Japanese during the late 19th centuries.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.