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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.
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Series: A Very Short Introduction from Oxford
. The British Empire
. The Industrial Revolution
. Modern India
THESE NOVELS ARE ABOUT THE CLASH OF CULTURES AND COVER DIFFERENT TIME PERIODS
THE AGE OF IMPERIALISM - BUILDING GLOBAL EMPIRES
. Italy . Britain . Russia. .Germany .Japan
. Muslim lands . Other European countries
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