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Ch 39: Impact of Politics on Geography

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Through a variety of historical examples, this chapter examines the impact of politics on geography, preparing you to apply detailed knowledge through enjoyable video lessons taught by professional instructors.

Impact of Politics on Geography - Chapter Summary

This chapter explores widely spanning historical events that illustrate the effect of politics on geography. Lessons will include events relating to the creation of the United Kingdom, the colonization of Africa, and the Ottoman empire. The following will also be included in the chapter:

  • The unification of Germany, Italy and Austria
  • Territorial developments in France and Russia
  • Imperialism and colonialism within the international system
  • American and European imperialism
  • The Berlin conference
  • Dutch, British, and Russian colonies in Asia

You'll be able to choose between a video and transcript of every lesson, both including features designed to make navigation simple. Those that opt for the videos will be able to jump around main points of the lesson using the timeline, while readers of the transcripts will be able to spot key terms highlighted in bold. Each option comes paired with a lesson quiz designed for self-assessment.

12 Lessons in Chapter 39: Impact of Politics on Geography
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The Creation of the United Kingdom and the Incorporation of Ireland

1. The Creation of the United Kingdom and the Incorporation of Ireland

In this lesson, we examine the piecemeal creation of the United Kingdom throughout the late Medieval and Early Modern periods as well as the tumultuous history of English control and partitioning of Ireland.

The Unification of Italy: Summary, Timeline & Leaders

2. 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

3. 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 Unification of Austria: German Exclusion & Creation of Austria-Hungary

4. The Unification of Austria: German Exclusion & Creation of Austria-Hungary

In this lesson, we explore how Austria was excluded by Prussia and the other German states from the new German Confederation, as well as the steps it took to maintain its international influence, including the eventual creation of Austria-Hungary.

Territorial Developments in France: Losses & Acquisitions

5. Territorial Developments in France: Losses & Acquisitions

In this lesson, we explore the wild fluctuations the borders of France experienced during the 19th century, from its European domination during the Napoleonic wars to its losses under the new German Empire.

Territorial Developments in Russia: Losses & Acquisitions

6. Territorial Developments in Russia: Losses & Acquisitions

In this lesson, we explore the territorial acquisitions and losses of 19th-century Russia, from the Napoleonic Wars and its gains via the Congress of Vienna to the Crimean War.

Imperialism & Colonialism in the International System

7. Imperialism & Colonialism in the International System

Throughout history, major political powers in the international system turned to imperialism and colonialism to increase their wealth and power. In this lesson, you'll learn more about imperialism and colonialism and the impact it has on political communities.

American Imperialism Around the Globe

8. American Imperialism Around the Globe

In this lesson, you'll explore the history of American imperialism and discover how imperialism can appear in many different ways. Afterwards, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

European Imperialism: Characteristics, Motives & Effects

9. European Imperialism: Characteristics, Motives & Effects

This lesson will explore European imperialism in the 19th and 20th centuries. In doing this it will define New Imperialism and explain how economic growth, national rivalries, and moral superiority motivated it.

The Colonization of Africa & the Berlin Conference: Definition & Purpose

10. The Colonization of Africa & the Berlin Conference: Definition & Purpose

This lesson will explore the 19th and 20th century colonization of Africa, which forever changed the political landscape of the continent. In doing so, it will highlight the Berlin Conference and the Principle of Effectivity.

Dutch, British and Russian Colonies in Asia: European Imperialism and Its Consequences

11. Dutch, British and Russian Colonies in Asia: European Imperialism and Its Consequences

This lesson will explore Europe's New Imperialism, which swept across Asia in the 19th and 20th centuries. It will highlight the Dutch East India Company, the Great Game, the Russo-Japanese War, and the Opium Wars.

Trouble in the Ottoman Empire: The Russo-Turkish War

12. Trouble in the Ottoman Empire: The Russo-Turkish War

This lesson explains the importance of the Russo-Turkish War of the late 19th century. In doing so, it highlights some of the conflict in the Balkans, as well as the treaties of San Stefano and Berlin.

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