Students will trace how imperial powers politically and economically controlled territories and people, including direct and indirect rule in Africa (South Africa, Congo, and one other territory), India, Indochina, and spheres of influence in China.
- 1750–1914: An Age of Revolutions, Industrialization, and Empires
Western European interactions with Africa and Asia shifted from limited regional contacts along the coast to greater influence and connections throughout these regions. Competing industrialized states sought to control and transport raw materials and create new markets across the world.
European industrialized states and Japan sought to play a dominant role in the world and to control natural resources for political, economic, and cultural reasons.