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Imperialism & International Relations in the 19th & 20th Centuries - Chapter Summary
Our professional instructors created this chapter on international relations and imperialism in the 19th and 20th centuries to help you review these subjects easily. They include the characteristics of European imperialism and the colonization of Africa. Once you complete this chapter, you should be able to:
- Discuss the territorial acquisitions and wars relating to Japanese imperialism
- Outline the motives and effects of European imperialism
- Explain the purpose of the Berlin Conference
- Identify the Dutch, British and Russian colonies in Asia and the consequences of European imperialism
- Explain the causes and consequences of genocide in the 20th century
- Detail crimes of war and the Genocide Convention
You can work at your own pace as you complete this chapter, reviewing as many or as few of the lessons as needed. Along with each lesson, we've included a helpful, multiple-choice quiz to assist you in assessing your knowledge. If any questions come up as you move through the lessons, reach out to an expert through the Dashboard.
1. Japanese Imperialism: Territorial Acquisitions & Wars
In this lesson, we will learn about Japanese imperialism. We will highlight the major territorial acquisitions and the wars that expanded the Japanese Empire.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Genocide in the 20th Century: Causes & Consequences
Genocides in the 20th century were caused by the scapegoating of particular groups by political leaders during times of war and revolution. During the 20th century, genocide was declared illegal because of both the harm it causes to the persecuted groups and the world as a whole.
6. Crimes of War & the Genocide Convention
The following lesson will cover how crimes of war and genocide are identified, as well as the steps taken to prevent them from reoccurring. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.
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