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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
|Western Pressures on Chinese Foreign Trade||Discover how Chinese foreign trade was opened up due to Western pressure.|
|The Fall of China's Qing Dynasty||Learn about the internal issues and external pressures that led to the Qing Dynasty's decline in China.|
|Revolution & Transition in China||Explore 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 & Quiz||Examine the causes and effects of Japan's westernization in the Meiji Era.|
|The Mexican Revolution: Causes & Initial Events||Take a look at the inequalities in Mexican society that contributed to the country's revolution.|
|The Mexican Revolution: Aftermath & Effects||Explore the repercussions of the Mexican Revolution and how the event changed the country.|
1. Western Pressures on Chinese Foreign Trade
In this lesson, we will look at Western pressure on Chinese foreign trade. We will see how the European powers, most notably Great Britain, bullied China into trade. We will highlight the key themes associated with this topic, specifically the Opium Wars and the Open Door Policy.
2. The Fall of China's Qing Dynasty
In this lesson, we will learn about the fall of the Qing dynasty. We will explore the factors that led to its collapse, and highlight key events and developments.
3. Revolution & Transition in China
China's growth has been one of the most impressive economic feats of the past 100 years, but did you know that it really all got started with the end of the Qing dynasty? This lesson explains how, as well as the role of Sun Yat-sen.
4. The Westernization of Japan During the Meiji Era
In this lesson, we explore the opening of Japan to Western trade by Commodore Matthew Perry in the mid-18th century. We'll then look at the ensuing westernization of the country in the Meiji period.
5. The Mexican Revolution: Causes & Initial Events
The Mexican Revolution started in response to the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz. In this video, we look at the causes of the Revolution, and then explore the initial events that led to the removal of Diaz.
6. The Mexican Revolution: Aftermath & Effects
In this video, we examine the civil war that broke out in Mexico after Porfirio Diaz was removed from power as the various parties competed with each other for power. A quiz will follow.
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Other chapters within the History 113: World History II course
- Europe's Age of Exploration
- The Protestant Reformation
- The Elizabethan Era in Europe
- European Colonialism
- Absolute Monarchs in Europe
- Empire and Expansion in the 18th Century
- The Asian World (1368-1911)
- The Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment
- The French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte
- Nationalist Revolutions Across the World
- Industrialization in the Western World
- European Life & Trends
- Imperialism in the 19th-20th Centuries
- World War I: Battles & Diplomacy
- Revolution & Nationalism in Asia
- Crisis & Depression Between the World Wars
- World War II: European & Pacific Theaters
- Restructuring the World After World War II
- The Spread of Democracy Across the World
- Europe & the United States After 1945
- Latin America after 1945
- Africa & the Middle East After 1945
- Asia & the Pacific After 1945
- Contemporary Global Concerns