1. History’s Story
  2. Wanderers and Settlers: The Ancient Middle East to 400 B.C.
  3. The Chosen People: Hebrews and Jews, 2000 B.C. to A.D. 135
  4. Trial of the Hellenes: The Ancient Greeks, 1200 B.C. to A.D. 146
  5. Imperium Romanum: The Romans, 753 B.C. to A.D. 300
  6. The Revolutionary Rabbi: Christianity, the Roman Empire, and Islam, 4 B.C. to A.D. 1453
  7. From Old Rome to the New West: The Early Middle Ages, A.D. 500 to 1000
  8. The Medieval Mêlée: The High and Later Middle Ages, 1000 to 1500
  9. Making the Modern World: The Renaissance and Reformation, 1400 to 1648
  10. Liberation of Mind and Body: Early Modern Europe, 1543 to 1815
  11. Mastery of the Machine: The Industrial Revolution, 1764 to 1914
  12. The Westerner’s Burden: Imperialism and Nationalism, 1810 to 1918
  13. Rejections of Democracy: The InterWar Years and World War II, 1917 to 1945
  14. A World Divided: The Early Cold War, 1945 to 1980
  15. Into the Future: The Contemporary Era, 1980 to the Present
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Chapter 12

The Westerner’s Burden: Imperialism and Nationalism, 1810 to 1918

“New and Improved” Imperialism
The model of the British Empire inspired and new technologies enabled a great wave of Western domination in Asia and Africa.

From Sea to Shining Sea
The United States came to dominate North America and expanded its influence into Latin America and the Pacific.

Nationalism’s Curse
The ideas and practices of nationalism unified some nations but provoked conflicts with and among minority ethinic groups.

The Balkan Cauldron
As the Ottoman Empire slowly dissolved, ethnic groups in the Balkan Peninsula formed new states in the context of rivalries between alliance blocs of European Great Powers.

The Great War
The worst war in human history, up to that point, gravely weakened Western Civilization.


Last Updated: 8 January 2017