Ch 8: British Empire & Imperialism

About This Chapter

Refresh your knowledge of the British Empire and imperialism by reviewing the short lessons in this chapter. Our video and text lessons outline all the topics you'll need to know as you study for an entrance exam or complete your homework assignments.

British Empire & Imperialism - Chapter Summary

Our instructors introduce you to the major allies and balances of power in existence in Europe in the 18th century with this informative chapter. Related topics include the American Revolution and its causes, as well as the major events of the French Revolution. You'll also learn about the Crimean War and its effects on the world.

Other lessons cover the British East India Company and the spread of European imperialism into India, the point at which Britain allowed its colonies to self-rule, and the history of the suffragette movement in Britain. This chapter prepares you to:

  • Describe the impact of the Seven Years' War
  • Explain who the Barbary Pirates were
  • Name some of the major invasions in Africa associated with European imperialism
  • Detail the timeline of slavery in Great Britain
  • Give examples of famous British Prime Ministers
  • Outline some of the political issues that caused tension in Europe

Our short text and video lessons help you study the information you need in a way that's convenient and flexible. You can access these learning tools on your tablet, computer or phone at any time, 24 hours a day. Whether you work through the entire chapter or just review the topics you know you need to, all the important subjects you'll need to know are covered. To watch only a portion of a video lesson, use the video tabs feature to skip ahead to your desired section.

13 Lessons in Chapter 8: British Empire & Imperialism
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
European Powers in the 18th Century: Alliances, Wars & the Balance of Power

1. European Powers in the 18th Century: Alliances, Wars & the Balance of Power

This lesson will provide an overview of the major alliances and wars of 18th century Europe. We will meet the major players, explore their conflicts, and examine the delicate balance of power that was always in danger of falling apart.

The Seven Years' War: History & Impact

2. The Seven Years' War: History & Impact

In this lesson we explore the Seven Years' War, a global conflict that was fought in central Europe and in North America, which had important financial and territorial ramifications for its participants.

The American Revolution: Causes & Effects

3. The American Revolution: Causes & Effects

Find out what caused the American Revolution and discover the impact of this war on the rest of the world. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The French Revolution: Timeline & Major Events

4. 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.

Barbary Pirates, Napoleonic Wars and Embargo of 1807

5. Barbary Pirates, Napoleonic Wars and Embargo of 1807

Throughout President Jefferson's two terms in office, his foreign policy revolved around war in Europe. Despite his attempts to remain neutral, American ships were drawn into conflict that demanded the president's response.

The Crimean War: Summary, Causes & Effects

6. The Crimean War: Summary, Causes & Effects

In this lesson, we explore the Crimean War of 1854-1856 between Russia and the Ottoman Empire, France, and Great Britain. It is often considered one of the more bungled military campaigns in recent Western history.

European Imperialism in Africa: Invasions, Colonization & Rivalries

7. European Imperialism in Africa: Invasions, Colonization & Rivalries

In this lesson, we will learn about European imperialism in Africa. We will explore the 'Scramble for Africa,' and highlight the key themes and events associated with it.

European Imperialism in India & the British East India Company

8. European Imperialism in India & the British East India Company

In this lesson, we will learn about European imperialism in India. We will explore the relationship between European powers and India and examine the role of the British East India Company.

Britain Allows Colonies to Self-Rule (1857-1922)

9. Britain Allows Colonies to Self-Rule (1857-1922)

After the British lost the American colonies forever in the revolution, they worked to avoid the same mistake by giving their remaining colonies greater freedom. However, it didn't always work out that way - especially closer to home.

Slavery in Great Britain: History & Timeline

10. Slavery in Great Britain: History & Timeline

Slavery was a major part of the world for centuries. In this lesson, we are going to check out Great Britain's role in developing the slave trade as well as its role in bringing it to an end.

Suffragette Movement in Britain: Facts & Timeline

11. Suffragette Movement in Britain: Facts & Timeline

In this lesson we will examine the women's suffrage movement in Great Britain. We will examine the key themes and developments of this movement over time, and we will identify important facts.

Famous British Prime Ministers

12. Famous British Prime Ministers

In this lesson, we'll learn about famous British prime ministers. We'll highlight their key achievements and place their leadership in historical context.

Tensions in Europe: Political, Social & Entangling Alliances

13. Tensions in Europe: Political, Social & Entangling Alliances

In this lesson, we will study the tensions in Europe that led up to World War I. We will take a look at the nations involved, the alliances they made, the ideas they embraced, and the conflicts they fought.

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