History of the West 1800-1850

History of the West 1800 – 1850

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The history of the West 1800-1850 saw Europe’s population grow by nearly half, to some 150 million. Railroads fueled massive urbanization, and many urban populations reached a million or more during this time, London most of all. What is more, vast stretches of Africa and Asia were explored, and the increasing availability of detailed maps of most of the globe expanded the worldview of the West. With that, liberalism became the salient political sentiment and reform movement in the West.

Slavery was on the way out. This was seen in the successful slave uprising in Haiti that caused Britain and France to attack and punish the Barbary pirates for their enslavement of Europeans. Then in Britain, the Slavery Abolition Act gave the British Royal Navy its mandate to end the slave trade on the high seas. As a result, in 1834 the British Empire became the first empire to abolish slavery. This added urgency to abolitionist sentiment in the United States and hastened the onset of the Civil War that would end slavery there.

The 19th century saw widespread settlement and urbanization in North America and Australia. As examples, both Chicago and Melbourne in Australia, practically non-existent at the beginning of the 19th century, grew to become their nations’ second-largest cities. This was part of the tide of migration of the 19th century, wherein approximately 70 million Europeans migrated to the United States, fleeing pervasive war, poverty, and lack of opportunity.

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1800-1850 Index | Society: CrimeWomen | Culture: RealismRomanticism: ArtLiteratureMusic | Religion | Power: ProgressionIdeologyCongress of ViennaRevolutions of 1848 | Austrian Empire | Central Europe | England | France | Greece | Italy | Russia | Spain 

history of the West 1800-1850

1800-1850: Index

history of the West 1800-1850 |  society


history of the West 1800-1850 | crime

Society: Crime

history of the West 1800-1850 | women

Society: Women

history of the West 1800-1850 | culture


art | Realism

Culture: Realism

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art | Romanticism

Culture: Romanticism

history of the West 1800-1850 | Romanticism | art

Romanticism: Art

 literature | Romanticism

Romanticism: Literature

music | Romanticism

Romanticism: Music

history of the West 1800-1850 | religion


history of the West 1800-1850 | power


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history of the West 1800-1850 | progression of power

Power: Progression

history of the West 1800-1850 | ideology

Power: Ideology

Congress of Vienna

Power: Congress of Vienna

Revolutions of 1848

Power: Revolutions of 1848

Austrian Empire 1800-1850

Austrian Empire

Central Europe 1800-1850

Central Europe

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England 1800-1850


France 1800-1850


Greece 1800-1850


Italy 1800-1850


Russia 1800-1850


Spain 1800-1850


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