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Imperialism, Nationalism and Identity

How do nationalism and imperialism influence
   the construction of identity?

 

 

File:China imperialism cartoon.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
« En Chine, Le gâteau des Rois et... des Empereurs », Wikipedia
 

Assignment

The unit covers the "Age of Empire" from 1850 to 1914.

While there have been empires throughout history, those that emerged in this period had unique characteristics. It began with a "scramble for Africa," as Europeans, desiring resources to fuel the Industrial Revolution, began to search for these on other continents. It also included Russia's expansion across Asia, Japan's expansion to Korea and Manchuria, and the US expansion across the Pacific to Hawaii and the Philippines.

These empires were driven not only by demands of industry, but also the need for markets. Nationalism, a feeling of intense pride in one's country, was a force for building empires as well as breaking them apart. While the British, French and German empires expanded before 1914, the Ottoman empire was broken up by nationalist groups. In Europe, unrest in the Balkans, where the Ottomans had ruled, was seen as a "powder keg." That is, an area in which unrest could lead to a global conflict. This unit ends with the assassination of an Austrian Archduke by a Serbian nationalist in 1914. 
 

Resources

Access these e-book titles through our catalog, Discover, or by clicking on the link in each entry below.
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Series: A Very Short Introduction from Oxford

. The British Empire 
. The Industrial Revolution 
Decolonization 
. Revolutions 
. Modern India


 

THESE NOVELS ARE ABOUT THE CLASH OF CULTURES AND COVER DIFFERENT TIME PERIODS

THE AGE OF IMPERIALISM - BUILDING GLOBAL EMPIRES

 

   
indiana.edu

       . Italy     Britain    Russia.    .Germany    .Japan

. Muslim lands   . Other European countries                    

Imperialism video

A SHORT, HUMOROUS VIDEO ABOUT IMPERIALISM 

 


 

Search Tips

Here are some examples of keywords associated with your research. Pay attention to the terminology authors use about your topic. 

  • imperialism
  • nation, nationalism
  • colonialism, colony, colonies, post-colonialism
  • empire
  • identity
  • "primary documents", "primary sources"
  • proper names such as: japan, korea, india, etc. 
  • elements of identity such as: religion, language, ethnicity, education
  • words that will expand your search such as: expansion, independence, legacy [japanese colonial legacy], history, treaty, annexation, rule [japanese rule]
     

Using Google, compare the results for these related searches.

Ex. 1   [india identity colonialism]

Ex. 2   [imperialism identity india ethnicity]

Ex. 3.  [imperialism identity india ethnicity site:edu]

"phrase searching" (click for example)

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E.g., "eating disorders", "once upon a time", "american school of Paris" " "british raj"

SITE SEARCHING (click for example)
Use [site:x] in Google to restrict your search to specified sites. Examples below.

 

DOMAIN EXTENSION SEARCH: edu, gov, com, org, etc.
E.g., ["british raj" site:edu]    ["british raj" site:gov]

COUNTRY EXTENSION SEARCH: ca, de, fr, etc.
E.g., ["british raj" site:uk]


FULL SITE SEARCH: youtube.com, nytimes.com, etc.