International School History - European Schools - S6 4 hour option

S6 4hr History Last update - 30 September 2015 Official European School History S6 Syllabus: English, French, German
Optional Theme - 6.4C European colonialism and imperialism from the end of the 19th century to 1945 - syllabus
Key Questions and learning and assessment objectives. Lessons Additional materials and external links
What is imperialism?

 

Worksheet - Imperialism: an introduction.

Short video extract from A History of Racism (Part 3) 
Crash Course video on imperialism

 

Syllabus requirements.

Imperialism definitions.

Three part BBC documentary video on the history of racism. Episodes 2 and 3 is particularly relevant to imperialism.
 
Video - The Rise and Fall of European Empires from the 16th to the 20th Century - A series of six video lectures by Professor Sir Richard Evans. Downloadable as video or podcast and also available as transcript.
   

What were the causes of imperialism?

An introduction to essay writing.

Student presentations based on Culpin and Henig 'Origins, motives and explanations of imperialism' 

Worksheet - Origins, motives and explanations of imperialism

Essay writing activites - Examples of good and not so good essays marked. How to plan PEE'd paragraphs

Worksheet - Student essay writing activity.

Assess this essay on the causes of New Imperialism.
European Baccalaureate official essay marking grid

 

Full extract from Culpin and Henig.

Robert Pearce - Top 10 essay writing tips

Mr Jones-Nerzic's top five tips for writing history essays.

BBC documentary series, examining explorers of the Congo, Australia and the Arctic. Beautifully filmed.
 
Video - The Rise and Fall of European Empires from the 16th to the 20th Century - Lecture 3 - Scramble for Africa  considers causes of New Imperialism. Downloadable as video or podcast and also available as transcript.
   
Video - Episode 3 of the PBS adaptation of Jared Diamond's best selling history 'Guns, Germs and Steel', examines imperialism in Africa. For more see the PBS site.
   

What was the extent of European Imperialism?

An introduction on how and why make notes.

Worksheet - Lecture activity 'Outline of New Imperialism' and worksheet to complete.

PowerPoint from the lesson.
 
Worksheet - Why and how to make notes. From IB Skills and Practice.
   

Videos shown in the lesson.
Extract from Zulu illustrating importance of new technology in warfare
Extract from Livingstone and Stanley - 1939 movie with Spencer Tracy

Further reading - 'Colonial conflicts and rivalries' - Woolfson and Laver
Further reading - 'Explanations of Imperialism' - John Lowe

 

What is the historiography of imperialism?

An introduction to the historiography of imperialism

Worksheet - Hobsbawm v Thomson: compare and contrast two interpretations of imperialism. What is historiography? from Wikipedia
Recommended further reading on historiography: John Warren - History and Historians and Keith Jenkins - Rethinking History.

Further reading - Thomson on imperialism (12 pages)
Further reading - Hobsbawm on imperialism (6 pages)
Further reading - Lowe on the historiography of imperialism. (3 pages)
 
Want to study history at Yale? See Professor John Merriman's lectures on imperialism, nationalism and the coming of World War 1.

 

What was the impact of New Imperialism? - case study the Congo
 

An introduction to source work.

New Imperialism in the Congo - DIY examination

Activity instructions and sources

How to do European Baccalaureate source questions for the written exam

What makes a source useful?

The usefulness of sources - This section of the website provides a detailed examination of the usefulness of the most popular types of source found in examination


Written exam sourcework self-assessment sheet

Video - White King, Red Rubber, Black Death.

More about the film on IMDB and the BBC Storyville website.

Adam Hochschild's outstanding history on Leopold and the Congo, King Leopold's Ghost.

2013 BBC documentary on the Congo by Dan Snow. Covers pre-colonial and post-colonial situation.

Alice Seeley Harris - Photographs. The BBC on the importance of the Kodak camera, the 'most important box ever'.
Mark Twain - King Leopold's Soliloquy.

E D Morel and the Congo
Roger Casement - Wikipedia and extracts from his Congo report

Three part BBC documentary video on the history of racism. Episodes 2 and 3 are particularly relevant to imperialism.

Video - The Rise and Fall of European Empires from the 16th to the 20th Century - Lecture 4 - From Conquest to Control - considers German and British rule in southern Africa. Lecture 5 - Exploitation and Resistance - considers Belgian rule in the Congo.
   

Powerful BBC documentary on colonialism in Namibia and the first genocide of the 20th century.

 

What were the consequences of imperialism for China in 19th century? Worksheet
PBS documentary covers China in the 20th century. Part 1 is relevant.

The Opium War, a feature film made in 1997.

Why did Europe colonize China and not the other way around? Interesting extract and fuller version from Jared Steel's bestselling Guns, Germs and Steel. Also see the video.

 

How can we reach judgements about the legacy of imperialism? Colonialism - towards a balance sheet activity. Hobsbawm on the impact of imperialism

The Independent - Belgium confronts its heart of darkness
BBC - On the legacy in the Congo
L.A. Times - On the lessons of the Congo

The Guardian 2015 on the legacy of and ignorance about British imperialism in Britain.

 

 

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