European Imperialism in the 19th and 20th Centuries

A photograph of soldiers defending Lady Liberty.

Restoration and defense of British liberty in South Africa, 1900. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction number, LC-USZ62-78556 (b&w film copy neg.)])


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Spring 2006



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From pineapples grown in Hawaii to English-speaking call centers outsourced to India, the legacy of the "Age of Imperialism" appears everywhere in our modern world. This class explores the history of European imperialism in its political, economic, and cultural dimensions from the 1840s through the 1960s.

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David Ciarlo. 21H.443 European Imperialism in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Spring 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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