Western Civ. 10-15-07

Western Civ. 10-15-07 - Western Civilization 10-15-07 The...

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Western Civilization 10-15-07 The Age of European Imperialism (Ch. 26) Extension of Economic and Political control over most of the World I. Reasons for European power- industrial revolution, harness of machines/new  fuels/engines (overland and at sea) A. Advantages in technology I. transportation-steamships; 1860s-much faster; larger=more cargo; railways all  over the world- send goods and people to every corner of the world; great breakthrough of  the 18 th  century was improved (railway); steamships replace sailing ships (don’t rely on  weather), can travel at any time of the year, much faster-just need more coal, didn’t need  large crews, more efficient, more reliable, less insurance, more willingness of people to  invest, more commerce and trade; railways were a profitable investment; resources  shared with everyone at a low cost, resources no longer isolated (most important reason  for European success) II. Communication-the printing press, telegraphs (1840s), underwater cable- printing press allowed for communication across the world, telegraph invented in U.S.  but shared with Europe; underwater cable allowed people to communicate even 
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course HIST 102-01 taught by Professor Defonso during the Winter '07 term at N. Michigan.

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