RTTP Module 9: Identity & Conflict

**NOTE: this module is part of the RTTP (Reacting to the Past) sequence**

Overview: This module considers human mobility and identity in the context of nations and empire. As in Module 7, 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) that opens WTWA chapter 18, 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.

Objectives: After completing Module 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.


Section 1: Global Migration 

  1. Read Worlds Together, Worlds Apart Chapter 18.
  2. As you read, pay special attention to the theme of migration: explore Map 18.1 “Nineteenth-Century Migration” and the Infobox “Analyzing Global Developments: Migration and the Origin of Border Control Policies” on page 672 carefully.

Section 2: 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. Create a Sway which answers the following questions (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 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. Post the link to your Sway and the answer to the following question on the course discussion board. *What did you learn from this exercise? (in 1 sentence)
    5. Be sure to post a PDF of your Sway on Blackboard.

Congratulations! You completed Module 9.

Go to Module 10