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The making of the modern world 1750 1918

The Making of the Modern World1750 - 1918

SOSETerm 1 - 2013



American Revolution

1775-83 1788 Britain begins to colonise


French Revolution

1789-92 1807 Slave trade is abolished in the

British Empire

Slavery is abolished 1833

Across the British Empire 1857 – 58 Indian Rebellion against

British rule is suppressed

Australia's states are 1901

Joined in federation 1902 Australian women are granted suffrage

& the right to stand for parliament

World War I 1914-18



Main Focus

  • Between 1750 and 1918, new political ideas of equality, human mobility, industrialisation and expanding empires all created a very different, modern world.

    Why is it relevant today?

  • We live in a globalised world that continues to industrialise, particularly in countries like China, India and Brazil. Constitutional democracy based on principles of equality is an increasingly powerful political model. Studying the making of the modern world enables us to understand these broad patterns of change.

Inquiry questions to consider

Inquiry questions to consider…

  • How did industrialisation change economic patterns and people’s lives?

  • What systems of unfree labour and reasons for migration caused the mass movement of people?

  • Which ideas led to political revolutions and what were their consequences?

  • Which countries were imperial powers and which areas became their colonies?

Brief overview

Brief overview…

Main Focus – Progressive Movements

  • Progressive ideas and movement during this period frequently caused turmoil and conflict, but they also improved people’s lives in countless ways.

    Why is it relevant today?

  • With their origins in the 1700’s, progressive ideas still inspire movements in the contemporary world, most recently the ‘Arab Spring’ in the Middle East.

Inquiry questions to consider1

Inquiry questions to consider…

  • How did progressive ideas develop and where did they come from?

  • What are the major progressive ideas that have shaped Western and non-Western societies over the last two centuries?

  • Who were the major thinkers and activists associated with each of these ideas?

  • How have they become embedded in social movements?

  • Why are they called ‘progressive’?

  • What is the significance of these ideas and movements today?

Let s begin

Let’s begin

  • The invention of the steam engine, mechanisation, factories and mass production created new industrial economies and living conditions.

  • At the same time, systems of unfree labour, including slavery and convict transportation, built colonies in the Americas, Australia and elsewhere.

  • New political beliefs in individual rights and human equality sparked revolutions and led to new systems of constitutional democracy.

  • Settlers and migrants moved around the world on a new mass scale. This modern world was captures by artists and writers, and in the new media of photography and film.



  • Back of the room

  • Back of your book

The enlightenment 1650 1770

The Enlightenment 1650 - 1770

  • A philosophical movement that placed emphasis on reason rather than tradition and gave rise to many progressive ideas.

  • Sometimes known as ‘the age of reason’

  • Significant knowledge flourished

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