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Unit 4: Nationalism, Industrialism, and Imperialism

Lesson I: The Dual Forces of Nationalism

Activity 6: Nationalism in Colonial Resistance

A common thread among many nationalist movements in the 19th century was that they were a response to European imperialism. Societies in Asia, Africa, and Latin America were all under the threat of political and economic imperialism by Europeans and Americans, who often had great military and technological advantages. In the face of this threat, nationalistic movements rose to maintain cultural traditions, political control, and economic stability.

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Classroom Activity - Comparison of Nationalism in Colonial Societies

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Directions: Follow your teacher's directions to complete the group jigsaw activity about the nationalist movements in the countries of India, Egypt, and Japan as they face the threat of imperialism. Use the fact sheets to examine information about these countries. Your teacher may assign additional research about these countries.

Download Icon Download Student Resource: Colonial Resistance Jigsaw Fact Sheet (pdf).

Download Icon Download Student Resource: Colonial Resistance Jigsaw Graphic Organizer (doc).


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

  • Why did nationalist movements rise in India, Egypt, and Japan?
  • How were the nationalist movements similar and different among these societies in their causes, characteristics, and outcomes?

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