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Unit 6: Modern World History

Lesson B: 20th Century Global Politics - Decolonization

Opening: Nationalism, Individuals and Change

Until World War II, there were only a few countries outside of North America that were not colonized by Europeans. This changed after World War II ended when countries in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere began to declare their independence.

Throughout this course, you learned how individuals and groups have brought about change. You have also learned about the role of nationalism and individual leaders in changing the political, economic, and social aspects of a country. The following assignment will help you recall examples of the impact of reformers, nationalism, and individual leaders on a country.

Directions: Read each of the following headlines and answer the questions that follow as directed by your teacher.

newspaper headlines: Communists in China's Long March Inspire Others to Join the Party newspaper headlines: Italian States United under One Leader

newspaper headlines: Japanese Emperor Forbids Contact with Foreigners newspaper headlines: Julius Caesar Allows Soldiers to Earn Farmland as Pay


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Written Activity - Notebook

In your notebook, respond to the following questions:

  • How do individuals bring about change?
  • What is the role of nationalism in political change?