The Age of Imperialism

Common Core Standards

CC Reading 9-10.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
CC Reading 9-10.2 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop of the course of the text.

Suggested Student Objectives

  • Evaluate the causes for imperialism in Africa.
  • Compare and contrast old imperialism to new imperialism
  • Evaluate the effects of imperialism on the people in the areas conquered.


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Resource Links

Imperialism Internet Modern History Sourcebook from
Map detailing religious missions in African
The Story of Africa: Africa and Europe (1800-1914)

Culture Grams (login required) Interactive maps, includes current and historical information on African nations
Discovery Education (login required)
Search video segment: The Scramble for African Colonies (2:19)
Seach video segment: The Congo and The Heart of Darkness (1:39)
Search political cartoon: The Rhodes colossus: from Cape Town to Cairo
Search: Map, Africa Partioned, 1814
Search: Political poster from the Cairo Punch

Suggested Additional Readings


Imperialism is a controversial topic. Opponents claim that it left a legacy of ruins in the Afro-Asian world. Defenders of imperialism counter that it left lasting benefits in the areas it controlled.
-Select 2 examples that show the benefit of imperialism and for each an example to support it.
-Select two examples that show how imperialism ruined the Afro-Asian world and for each explain how it shows imperialism destroyed the Afro-Asian world.

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