Why did European countries seek to build empires in Africa and Asia during the nineteenth century (1800-1900)? What factors made that process of imperialist expansion successful and what were its long-term effects on African and Asian societies? In addition, in what ways did African and Asian people seek to resist European imperialism in their societies? Discuss two specific examples of such resistance.


Discuss the origins and development of the Cold War between the late 1940s and the early 1990s. What were the causes of the conflict? What were some of its most dangerous moments? What role did nuclear weapons play in the conflict? How and why did the Cold War end?