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Ch 21: AP World History: Political, Technological, and Intellectual Developments (1750-1914)

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Watch video lessons online and learn about critical developments that took place in this period, including major political events and technological advancements. These lessons are just a portion of our course on AP World History course.

AP World History: Political, Technological, and Intellectual Developments (1750-1914) - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

This chapter focuses on major developments of this period, including the French Revolution, Central American independence movements and unification efforts in Italy and Germany. You'll watch video lessons on the Industrial Revolution and learn about Karl Marx. Professional history instructors will walk you through major developments in machinery and production and describe some of the efforts made to advance women's rights. After watching the videos in this chapter, you'll have an understanding of:

  • Major events in the French Revolution
  • Napoleon Bonaparte's leadership and downfall
  • Timeline of events in Central America's independence efforts
  • The Communist Manifesto
  • Education and employment advancements for women

Video Objectives
Revolutions of 1848 & the Spring of Nations: Major Revolutions, Causes & Collapse Discusses key European revolutions taking place in 1848 and why this era was known as the Spring of Nations. Examines the causes for these uprisings and how the revolutions eventually collapsed.
The French Revolution: Timeline & Major Events Depicts major struggles and critical moments of the French Revolution. Provides a detailed description of the storming of the Bastille.
Napoleon Bonaparte and the Battle of Waterloo Explains Napoleon's rise to power and his military achievements. Discusses his downfall at the Battle of Waterloo.
Independence for Central America: History, Timeline & Events Examines events that took place in Central America after the American and French revolutions. Describes how Mexico won independence from Spain.
The Unification of Italy: Summary, Timeline & Leaders Illustrates the major events that led to the creation of an Italian state in the 19th century. Explains the major role that Camillo Benso di Cavour played in Italy's coalescence.
The Unification of Germany: Summary, Timeline & Events Describes the rise of German nationalism in the 19th century. Examines Otto Van Bismarck's diplomatic efforts to bring about German unification.
The Industrial Revolution in Europe and the U.S.: Events & Innovations Highlights major inventors of this period and describes the new technologies they introduced. Examines key events that took place in both the U.S. and Europe.
Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto Describes how the Industrial Revolution led to the creation of The Communist Manifesto. Provides an in-depth look at the manifesto and the philosophers who created it.
Major Developments: Machines, Production & Progress Discusses the equipment and production processes that were introduced in this period.
Advancement for Women: Education, Employment & Rights Describes the situation that women faced in the late 1700s through 1914. Examines the job and education options available to them and what advancements were made for women's rights during this period.

9 Lessons in Chapter 21: AP World History: Political, Technological, and Intellectual Developments (1750-1914)
Revolutions of 1848 & the Spring of Nations: Major Revolutions, Causes & Collapse

1. Revolutions of 1848 & the Spring of Nations: Major Revolutions, Causes & Collapse

This lesson will examine the Revolutions of 1848 that swept across Europe. We will look at the causes of these revolutions and highlight the key themes and events surrounding the 'Spring of Nations.'

The French Revolution: Timeline & Major Events

2. The French Revolution: Timeline & Major Events

In this lesson, we will learn about the French Revolution. We will examine the causes of the French Revolution and highlight the key themes and events associated with it.

Napoleon Bonaparte and the Battle of Waterloo

3. Napoleon Bonaparte and the Battle of Waterloo

In this lesson, we will explore the return of Napoleon Bonaparte to France on March 1, 1815, his hundred-day reign, and his downfall at the Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815.

Independence for Central America: History, Timeline & Events

4. Independence for Central America: History, Timeline & Events

In this lesson, we will take a look at Central American independence from Spanish colonial rule. We will learn what led to these independence movements, and we will highlight key themes.

The Unification of Italy: Summary, Timeline & Leaders

5. The Unification of Italy: Summary, Timeline & Leaders

In this lesson, we explore the piecemeal unification of Italy which took place in the 19th century. Created in part by the brilliant statesmen Camillo Benso di Cavour, Italy as we know it did not fully take shape until 1870.

The Unification of Germany: Summary, Timeline & Events

6. The Unification of Germany: Summary, Timeline & Events

In this lesson, we explore the unification of Germany in the 1860s and 1870s, largely accomplished through the statecraft of the Chancellor of Prussia and later Germany, Otto von Bismarck.

The Industrial Revolution in Europe and the U.S.: Events & Innovations

7. The Industrial Revolution in Europe and the U.S.: Events & Innovations

This lesson examines the Industrial Revolution in Europe and the United States. We will highlight key developments and innovations and explore how the Industrial Revolution transformed society.

Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto

8. Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto

This lesson will explore the 19th century roots of Marxism and communism. In doing this, it will explain the role the Industrial Revolution played in forming the famous work of Marx and Engels, known as the Communist Manifesto.

Advancement for Women: Education, Employment & Rights

9. Advancement for Women: Education, Employment & Rights

In this lesson, we will take a look at the advancement of women's rights during the 19th and early 20th centuries. We'll learn about the key events and themes surrounding the 'first wave' of the feminist movement and see how they impacted society.

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