Intro to Modern World History

8 Identity & Conflict

Shelley Rose


This module considers human mobility and identity in the context of nations and empire. people from various contexts continued to explore and assert their own perceptions of identity. They called for improved relationships between the governed and their governors in both nation and empire. In the brutal Maji-Maji Revolt in German East Africa (modern-day Tanzania), popular dissent with oppressive German colonial authorities led to open conflict. The Anglo-Boer War and Boxer Rebellion provide two additional examples of violent encounters between groups brought into contact through global migration.


After completing Chapter 9, you will be able to

  1. Define human migration.
  2. Identify main catalysts for migration between 1890-1914.
  3. Understand the impact of empire and imperialism on human mobility.
  4. Connect historical migration trends with current human mobility data.
  5. Describe the impact of migration as a global process on migrants themselves.

Global Migration

  1. Read Manning & Trimmer, Migration in World History, Chapters 8 & 9.
  2. Make a list of catalysts for migration.

Connecting World History to Current Events

  1. Read visit and review the Peoplemovin project page and the Global Cleveland Immigrant Heritage Month page or Twitter Feed
  2. Answer the following questions in the app of your (or your instructor’s) choice (be sure to cite all information)
    1. What are the catalysts for human migration?
    2. How have they changed since 1850? How are they similar?
    3. Choose an immigrant’s profile from the Global Cleveland site or draw on information from someone you know who migrated to Cleveland (be clear who they are, where they migrated from, and the year/decade they migrated). Demonstrate how this story relates to the general questions above.
    4. What did you learn from this exercise? (in 1 sentence)
    5. Post your answers on your learning platform.

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