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Unit 4: Nationalism, Industrialism, and Imperialism

Lesson B: Resistance to European Rule in India and SE Asia

Activity 8: Imperialism in Southeast Asia - Comparisons

Study the map below.

Imperialism in Southeast Asia

Map Showing British and French Control in South Asia from 1869-1909 [1]

During the era of imperialism, Great Britain controlled South Asia. Notice on the map that Great Britain also controlled parts of Southeast Asia. France controlled a section of Southeast Asia known as Indochina. Notice also that the country of Siam (modern day Thailand) was not under the control of any European power.

Jigsaw Activity

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Classroom Activity - Comparison of Imperialism in Southeast Asia.

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Directions: In this activity, you will complete a jigsaw activity in a group about the Southeast Asian countries of Burma, Siam, and Vietnam. Use the fact sheets to examine information about these countries. Your teacher may assign additional research about these countries.

Download Icon Download the Student Resource: Southeast Asia Jigsaw Factsheets (pdf).

Download Icon Download the Student Resource: Southeast Asia Jigsaw Organizer (doc).


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Directions: Prepare a response to the discussion question(s) below. Follow your teacher's directions to participate in your class discussion.

  • How did European colonization and pressure lead to transformations in Southeast Asia?
  • How similar were the French and British in their treatment of their Southeast Asian colonies?
  • How was Siam able to resist European rule?

Download Icon Select the link to review the Social Studies Rubric (pdf).


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Interactive IconDirections: Read each question and then drag to the correct country or countries, Burma, Vietnam, and/or Siam.

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[1] Source: This image from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:French_Indochina_expansion.jpg is licensed under the terms of the GNU License Agreement.