Ch 17: Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 17: Times of Rapid Change

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The Times of Rapid Change chapter of this Harcourt Social Studies World History Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with the times of rapid change. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Times of Rapid Change textbook chapter.

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  • Identify the lessons in the Harcourt Times of Rapid Change chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the times of rapid change topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • How the Enlightenment influenced democratic ideas
  • History of the English Bill of Rights
  • American and French Revolutions
  • Impact of independence movements in Latin America
  • Agricultural and industrial revolutions and the rise of capitalism
  • European imperialism in Africa, Asia and the Far East
  • Nationalist movements in Europe and the Franco-Prussian War
  • Westward migration in the United States
  • Meiji Era westernization of Japan

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16 Lessons in Chapter 17: Harcourt Social Studies - World History Chapter 17: Times of Rapid Change
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Influence of the Enlightenment on Democratic Thought

1. Influence of the Enlightenment on Democratic Thought

In this lesson, we will learn about the impact the Enlightenment has had upon democracy. We will see how the Enlightenment helped shape modern democratic thinking.

What Is the English Bill Of Rights? - Definition, Summary & History

2. What Is the English Bill Of Rights? - Definition, Summary & History

In this lesson, we will learn about the English Bill of Rights. We will take a closer look at why the document was created, what the document represents and the influence it has had on the U.S. Constitution.

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 Causes of the French Revolution: Economic & Social Conditions

4. The Causes of the French Revolution: Economic & Social Conditions

In this lesson, we explore the social, economic, and political conditions in late 18th-century France, out of which the French Revolution exploded in 1789.

Independence Movements in Latin America: Examples & Impact

5. Independence Movements in Latin America: Examples & Impact

This lesson will explore the 19th century Latin American revolutions. In doing so, it will highlight the roles L'Ouverture, Hidalgo, and Bolivar played in bringing freedom to Haiti, Mexico, and South America.

The Agricultural Revolution: Timeline, Causes, Inventions & Effects

6. The Agricultural Revolution: Timeline, Causes, Inventions & Effects

The Agricultural Revolution was a period of technological improvement and increased crop productivity that occurred during the 18th and early 19th centuries in Europe. In this lesson, learn the timeline, causes, effects and major inventions that spurred this shift in production.

Great Britain Leads the Industrial Revolution

7. Great Britain Leads the Industrial Revolution

In this lesson, we will explore the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain. We will look at reasons for Britain's industrial leadership, trends in its industry, and the results of industrialization on British society.

Origins of Modern Capitalism

8. Origins of Modern Capitalism

In this lesson, we will learn about the origins of modern capitalism. We will see how the modern capitalist system developed, and we will highlight key themes.

Economic Class Conflict in Europe During the Industrial Revolution

9. Economic Class Conflict in Europe During the Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution was one of the most formative eras in human history. In this lesson, we'll talk about how this period impacted class consciousness and conflict in Europe.

European Imperialism in Africa: Invasions, Colonization & Rivalries

10. 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

11. 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.

European Imperialism in China: Trades, Battles & Treaties

12. European Imperialism in China: Trades, Battles & Treaties

In this lesson, we will examine European imperialism in China. We will highlight the key themes associated with this topic, specifically the Opium Wars and the 'Open Door' Policy.

Nationalism Grows in Europe: Timeline, Events & Impact

13. Nationalism Grows in Europe: Timeline, Events & Impact

In this lesson, we will study the growth of nationalism that took place during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic age. We will begin by defining nationalism and then explore how it developed in these critical eras.

The Franco-Prussian War & the Unification of Germany

14. The Franco-Prussian War & the Unification of Germany

In this lesson, we will learn about the Franco-Prussian War and the unification of Germany. We will explore how these events helped set the context for French-German conflict in World War I.

Westward U.S. Expansion (1820-1860)

15. Westward U.S. Expansion (1820-1860)

This lesson will explain America's 19th century expansion into the West. It will define the concept of Manifest Destiny and highlight the displacement of Native Americans.

The Westernization of Japan During the Meiji Era

16. 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.

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