Economic Shifts

Competency 1004.1.9: Modern Patterns in World History (1500 CE to present) – The graduate analyzes major cultural, political, and economic shifts that led to revolution, industrialization, and ideological change in the modern period.


The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were defined by radical transformations in society, politics, and economics. The American, French, and Haitian Revolutions altered the course of political and social history in those countries. The Industrial Revolution changed how human beings worked, lived, and consumed and thus changed global economic history in meaningful ways. New ideologies (patterns of thought) emerged during these revolutions as people tried to make sense of such major modifications to their daily lives.

In this task, you will describe the causes and results of your choice of one of these revolutions. You will also choose one revolutionary ideology and explain its development in relation to other historical events. Finally, you will explain three consequences of the Industrial Revolution.


A. Discuss the causes and results (i.e., cultural, political, and/or economic) of one of the following revolutions (suggested length of 2-3 paragraphs):

● American Revolution

● French Revolution

● Haitian Revolution

B. Explain the development of one of the following ideologies in relation to associated historical events (suggested length of 2-3 paragraphs):

● nationalism

● liberalism

● socialism

C. Explain three consequences (e.g., social, cultural, economic, technological) of industrialization in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (suggested length of 2-3 paragraphs).

D. Provide acknowledgement of source information, using in-text citations and references, for quoted, paraphrased, or summarized content.

1. Include the following information when providing source references:

• author

• date

• title

• location of information (e.g., publisher, journal, or website URL)

Note: APA citation style is the standard. For tips on using APA style, please refer to the APA Resources web link found under General Information/APA Guidelines in the left-hand panel in Taskstream.

Note: No more than a combined total of 30% of a submission can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from outside sources, even if cited correctly.

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