Ch 14: Global Transformations in the Early 20th Century

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Watch video lessons to discover the transformative events that affected countries around the globe in the early 20th century. Check your understanding of the chapter's topics by taking a quiz after each lesson.

Global Transformations in the Early 20th Century - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The 20th century was a period of tremendous change and turmoil that forever impacted countries around the world. The two world wars may immediately spring to mind when thinking about the 1900s, but there were actually multiple influential events that occurred or began in the years leading up to the start of World War I in 1914. In this chapter, you will learn about economic, political and social changes that transformed Asia and Mexico in the early 20th century. By studying the lessons, you'll learn pertinent details about topics like:

  • How Western countries influenced Chinese foreign trade
  • What caused the decline of China's Qing Dynasty
  • How revolution impacted Chinese society
  • What led to Japan's westernization during the Meiji Era
  • What caused the Mexican Revolution to take place

VideoObjective
Western Pressures on Chinese Foreign TradeDiscover how Chinese foreign trade was opened up due to Western pressure.
The Fall of China's Qing DynastyLearn about the internal issues and external pressures that led to the Qing Dynasty's decline in China.
Revolution & Transition in ChinaExplore the role of leader Sun Yat-sen in China's revolution and the effects of his reforms.
The Westernization of Japan During the Meiji Era: History & QuizExamine the causes and effects of Japan's westernization in the Meiji Era.
The Mexican Revolution: Causes & Initial EventsTake a look at the inequalities in Mexican society that contributed to the country's revolution.
The Mexican Revolution: Aftermath & EffectsExplore the repercussions of the Mexican Revolution and how the event changed the country.

6 Lessons in Chapter 14: Global Transformations in the Early 20th Century
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Western Pressures on Chinese Foreign Trade

1. Western Pressures on Chinese Foreign Trade

The foreign trade policies in China have been influenced by political and military pressure from the west. Learn about the Opium Wars between China and Great Britain, the definition of Gunboat Diplomacy, and the Open Door Policy negotiated by the United States that ended the wars.

The Fall of China's Qing Dynasty

2. The Fall of China's Qing Dynasty

The last Chinese dynasty, the Qing dynasty, fell in the early 20th century. Explore the Qing dynasty, examine the impact of China's wars with European powers, and learn about the unrest and revolution that led to the formation of the Republic of China.

Revolution & Transition in China

3. Revolution & Transition in China

The end of the Qing dynasty was a tumultuous period that catapulted Chinese culture and society into a different era through revolution. Learn more about the transition from the Qing dynasty in China by exploring the importance of Sun Yat-sen, anti-Qing groups, and the different rulers and transformations that took place.

The Westernization of Japan During the Meiji Era

4. The Westernization of Japan During the Meiji Era

Due to trade relationships, Japan became increasingly westernized during the Meiji era. Learn the background of Japan's trading system, how the Perry Expedition forced Japan to open its ports, and an overview of the Meiji reform.

The Mexican Revolution: Causes & Initial Events

5. The Mexican Revolution: Causes & Initial Events

The Mexican Revolution sought to end the reign of Porfirio Diaz. Discover the causes of the Mexican Revolution, such as the rise and effects of Diaz's presidency; explore initial events such as the Creelman interview and Francisco Madero's rebellion, and then meet the characters of the Mexican Revolution.

The Mexican Revolution: Aftermath & Effects

6. The Mexican Revolution: Aftermath & Effects

Leaders jockeyed for power in the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution. Learn about Francisco Madero as president, the US's role, the nation's struggles under Huerta, Pancho Villa, Carranza, and Obregon, and the effects of the revolution.

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