Technology, Religion, and Science during New Imperialism

WEB LESSON This video webinar shows the connections among religion, technology, science and European imperialism. The impact of religion on native people and societies in non Western societies in an imperialistic setting had negative consequences that is still part of the thinking of conquered peoples.

Industrialization and its consequences 1750-1914 CE

WEB RESOURCE This World History for Us All background essay focuses on the massive changes in societies around the world from 1750-1914. What is usually studied is the Industrial Revolution and its impact but behind that were massive changes in the relative power of science and religion.

Religion: Atlantic Slave Trade and Abolition

WEB RESOURCE The BBC site discusses and provides example of how religion, especially Christianity related to the slave trade and abolition in Great Britain.

British Missionary Letters: Urging the Annexation of The South Sea Islands, 1883

PRIMARY SOURCE This selection shows that some British missionaries in the 19th c. believed that "civilizing" and Christianizing people in conquered lands went hand in hand. British generosity to and support of the people of the South Sea islands through the missions then entitled the British the use of those lands and resources.

Tolerance: Voltaire and the Spirit of the Enlightenment

WEB RESOURCE & LESSON Scroll to the 3rd article in CRF's Bill of Rights in Action. Students read the article about Voltaire and his advocacy for freedom of speech and press and his arguments against superstition, fanaticism, and religious intolerance. They then discuss various issues related to Enlightenment thinking and how they would apply.