Causes and Consequences of Imperialism

Empire building has been a prominent thread in human history since ancient times. Even in the largely de-colonized modern world, legacies of 19th century imperialism continue to profoundly shape individual identity and international relations across the globe. The 2010 K-12 and community college educators joined international area scholars in a week-long exploration of the causes, tools, and legacies of imperialism in world history. A program of lectures, discussions and resource review considered histories of imperialism in Africa, Asia, India, Latin America, the Middle East, and Western Europe.

Presentation Summaries

Written by Timothy Doran

Art and Imperialism in the Ancient Near East, Marian Feldman

Roman Imperialism between Republic and Empire, Carlos Noreña

Islamic Empires before Imperialism, Malissa Taylor

Before Russia was the Great Big Bear: Reflections on the Russian Empire in the Early Modern World, Erika Monahan


Teaching about ImperialismJoseph Lough

Scramble for Africa, Sarah Zimmerman

Imperialism in the Philippines, Catherine Ceniza Choy

India in the Indian Ocean Arena: Commerce, Colonialism, CosmopolitanismThomas Metcalf

Imperial Art and Architecture in India, Joanna Williams

The Impact of Piracy on the Spanish Colonial Enterprise, Fabio López Lázaro

Manifest Destiny Revisited: the Mexican War(1846-1848) in the Global Context of 19th Century Imperialism, Alex Saragoza, 

Imperial China – the Han, Michael Nylan

Annotated Bibliography
Appendix: on bureaucratic selection, Confucianism, and the examination system

Tang and Song China: Two Models of Empire, Nick Tackett

Fifty Years of Resistance - The Tibetan Struggle Against Imperialism and More, Tenzin N. Tethong

The Soviet Union: A Multiethnic Empire of Eurasia, Erik Scott

Humanitarian Aid, the Handmaiden to Empire? Lessons from Contemporary Iraq, Adrian McIntyre

Sport and the Legacies of Imperialism, Martha Saavedra

Handout & bibliography