Imperialism in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Part I: Wiki – Your group must produce and informative and coherent source for your classmates. This will be the “meat” from which you will build your presentation. Your presentation should be an engaging production of your wiki.
The Content:
Imperialism, also known as colonialism, may be described as the process whereby one country takes economic and/or political control over another. The term refers to the period of European expansion that saw the division of Africa and Asia in the nineteenth century, as well as to the period of superpower imperialism that occurred during the Cold War. In the past two decades, imperialism has been associated with the power exerted by multinational corporations within developing nations.
In a comparative analysis, you find and describe similarities and differences between two or more situations. In this exercise, you will break down detailed paragraphs of information into bulleted points. This type of critical analysis is useful because it asks you to be brief, clear, and specific about what you are comparing, and should lead you to synthesize information and reach conclusions about the situations.

On page 25 of your textbook (Viewpoints), you’ll find the start of a comparative analysis. It compares “Imperial Powers at the Turn of the Century” by listing each nation’s “Reasons for Imperialist Expansion” and “Spheres of Influence.”

Part II - Your group is to create a presentation – power point or otherwise – that address the following main question.
Why and to what extent did your country follow a policy of imperialism in colonies around the world?

You must also address the following background questions:
1) To what extent and why does imperialism exist today? How is it similar or different from imperialism at the turn of the century?
2) What attitudes supported your country's imperialism in its colonies?
3) Suggest long-term consequences of imperialism at the turn of the twentieth century.

To avoid the potentiality of your group straying from the intent of this assignment, please carefully consider the following directions:
- Structure your presentation like a good essay – introduction with solid thesis, body, and conclusion
- The presentation is intended to inform and enlighten your classmates – ensure you do that
- Ensure your presentation follows the design guidelines laid out in class
Work together – ensure you “pull your weight” and coordinate your efforts

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Treaty of Versailles

The Assignment:
From the list of countries that follows, provide information showing:
i) the role of the country in the First World War
ii) the objectives of the country in the treaty negotiations, including key, specific platforms or goals desired
iii) information about the country's leader or leaders who participated in the treaty talks
iv) to what extent the country's objectives were met by the treaty
v) the impact (politically, economically, socially) of the treaty on the country

Your wiki must include:
• picture(s) of the country's leader, flag, and/or other symbolic reference(s)
• a graph showing the number of casualties and costs of the war of your country relative to others
• a timeline of your country's involvement in the Great War and treaty negotiations
• a minimum of 5 quotations from your country's leaders or prominent citizens and an explanation of their implications
• a detailed bibliography of sources of information – ensure all wiki information is properly cited using links or a bibliography!

You may choose to work in groups of up to three people.

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