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Modern World History - Chapter Summary
In this chapter's lessons, you'll explore some changes that took place in the world in modern times, including new ideas and practices in science and medicine. Our instructors will help you examine significant events, such as the Agricultural Revolution, and their impact. Other lessons look at the Industrial Revolution and what it meant.
You'll also examine how China and Japan have evolved over time, and learn more about Napoleon's conquests. When you've finished these lessons, you'll have a greater knowledge of topics that include:
- The Scientific Revolution
- New ideas in medicine and chemistry
- The Westernization of Japan in the Meiji Era
- Napoleon Bonaparte's ascent to power
- Causes and impact of the Agricultural Revolution
- Inventions during the Industrial Revolution
- The slave trade
- The politics and economy of the People's Republic of China
Our instructors use examples, humor and animations to make these short lessons lively and informative. The videos average about five minutes in length, and you can watch them anytime on a computer or mobile device. Lesson quizzes and a chapter exam let you test your learning, and, in our Timeline, we provide links that make it easy to click back to specific parts of the lesson for extra review.
1. Effects of the Scientific Revolution
In this lesson, we explore the philosophical, religious, and cultural effects of the Scientific Revolution on Early Modern society - effects that forever changed the Western view of the universe and humanity's place within it.
2. Breakthroughs in Medicine & Chemistry: Examples & Empiricism
In this lesson, we explore the medical and chemical breakthroughs which occurred in the 16th and 17th centuries as part of the era's increased emphasis on empiricism and the concurring Scientific Revolution.
3. 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.
4. Napoleon Bonaparte: Rise to Power and Early Reforms
In this lesson, we explore the rise to power of one of France's greatest rulers, Napoleon Bonaparte, and his subsequent achievements during the first few years of his rule up until he was crowned Emperor in 1804.
5. 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.
6. Causes of the First Industrial Revolution: Examples & Summary
The Industrial Revolution was a period when new sources of energy, such as coal and steam, were used to power new machines designed to reduce human labor and increase production. The move to a more industrial society would forever change the face of labor.
7. Inventions of the Industrial Revolution: Examples & Summary
Although many factors influenced the first Industrial Revolution, the progress made by several inventors was essential. In this lesson, learn about the innovators who helped to spur the Industrial Revolution forward.
8. The Slave Trade in Africa
The enslavement of Africans for work in American fields remains one of the darkest spots on the colonial period. This lesson explains how it evolved in the earliest days of the colonial period.
9. The People's Republic of China: Politics & Economy
The People's Republic of China was established in 1949. Since that time, the politics and economy of this country have shifted course several times, mainly due to the leaders of the country and their vastly different goals.
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