Unit 4: Nationalism, Industrialism, and Imperialism
Lesson A: Birth of the Imperial World
Activity 2: Motives for Imperialism
There were a variety of interconnected motivations and justifications for Western imperialism . These reasons included:
Imperialism was a result of several different interconnected motives. Review the examples of imperialism below to see how many different motives you can identify in each.
Directions: Study the following chart before beginning the next activity.
|Location of Imperialism||Examples|
|India and South Asia||
|Dutch East Indies and Southeast Asia||
|Latin America and the Caribbean||
Directions: During the 19th century, there was an increase in newspapers and magazines. This led to increased opportunities for advertisements and cartoons. In this activity, you will work with a partner to examine some 19th century advertisements and cartoons. You will discuss each document and decide which of the three categories of motives for imperialism might be implied by each document. After you examine each document, you will complete the handout and then discuss your findings with the rest of your class.
Download Student Resource: Motives for Imperialism (doc).