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BEFORE YOU WATCH: Unit 5 Overview

Use the “Three Close Reads” approach as you watch the video below (next in the lineup!). If you want to learn more about this strategy, click here.

First read: preview and skimming for gist

Before you watch, you should skim the transcript first. The skim should be very quick and give you the gist (general idea) of what the video is about. You should be looking at the title, thumbnails, pictures, and first few seconds of the video for the gist.

Second read: key ideas and understanding content

Now that you’ve skimmed the video transcript and taken a quick peek at the video, you should preview the questions you will be answering. These questions will help you get a better understanding of the concepts and arguments that are presented in the video. Keep in mind that when you watch the video, it is a good idea to write down any vocab you read or hear that is unfamiliar to you.
By the end of the second close read, you should be able to answer the following questions:
  1. How does this video describe “empire”? What is ironic about the fact that Britain, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States held empires in this period?
  2. How does this video define imperialism? How does it define colonialism? How are they connected?
  3. Were empires always increasing in size and presence across this period? Explain your answer.
  4. What changes in global economic equality are shown between 1800 and 1975 ?
  5. How did the French change Hanoi? How did the inhabitants respond?

Third read: evaluating and corroborating

Finally, here are some questions that will help you focus on why this video matters and how it connects to other content you’ve studied.
At the end of the third read, you should be able to respond to these questions:
  1. How can it be possible for a state to both be internally democratic, and have an empire at the same time?
  2. Does the evidence for global income distribution across the period 1800-1975 prove that empires were responsible for growing inequality between regions? Why or why not?
Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to watch! Remember to return to these questions once you’ve finished watching.

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