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UNIT 18: Rethinking the Rise of the West

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VIDEO SEGMENT: The Story of the Rise of the West

This video segment explains how historians have traditionally viewed the rise of the West. It documents the story of European intervention in established Eurasian trading networks through their maritime ventures. It highlights how European colonization efforts in the Americas and their growing abilities to sail anywhere in the world both helped establish the first truly global trading network.

Next, it delves into the process of industrialization in Europe, which in the late eighteenth century began to transform Europe's labor systems, productive capacities, and technologies. These changes allowed Europeans to produce ever greater numbers of commodities and-through fossil fuel energy-to create ever more efficient ways of transporting such goods by land and by sea. These abilities, in turn, prompted Europeans to use their goods and technologies to gain strong footholds in global trading networks, and eventually to create their own empires throughout much of the world.

SELECTED IMAGES AND MAPS


Anonymous, CHINESE DEPICTION OF THE SECOND OPIUM WAR (ca. 1856-1858). Courtesy of The Image Works.

Anonymous, NAGASAKI BLOCK PRINT. DUTCH MERCHANT. (1700). Courtesy of WorldArt Kiosk/Kathleen Cohen.


George Lambert, EAST INDIA COMPANY WAREHOUSE, BOMBAY (1731). Courtesy of The British Library.

Anonymous, OPIUM WAR: ATTACK ON BOAT IN SAI-LAU CREEK, CANTON RIVER (1858). Courtesy of Library of Congress.



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