Industrial Era Timeline(1750-1914)

Events

Europe

James Watt's steam engine; beginning of Industrial Revolution (1770)

1770

French Revolution and Napoleon (1789-1815)

1789 - 1815

Congress of Vienna (1815)

1815

Revolutions in Europe (1830s-1840s)

1830 - 1840

Beginnings of Marxism (1848)

1848

Spread of compulsory education laws (1870s)

1870

High point of European imperialism (1871-1912)

1871 - 1912

Africa and the Middle East

Muhammad Ali rules of Egypt (1805-1849)

1805 - 1849

British acquire South Africa from the Dutch (1815)

1815

Boers begin Great Trek in South Africa (1830)

1830

Tanzimat reforms in the Ottoman Empire (1839-1876)

1839 - 1876

Crimean War (1854-1856)

1854 - 1856

Opening of the Suez canal (1869)

1869

British takeover of Egypt (1882)

1882

Scramble for Africa/Berlin Conference (1884-1885)

1884 - 1885

Americas

American Revolution (1776-1783)

1776 - 1783

Haiti Independence (1804)

1804

Latin American wars of Independence (1808-1825)

1808 - 1825

Monroe Doctrine (1823)

1823

Mexican -American War (1846-1848)

1846 - 1848

American Civil War (1861-1865)

1861 - 1865

U.S. annexes Hawaii (1898)

1898

Asia and Oceania

Reign of Catherine the Great (beginning of era -1796)

1750 - 1796

Australian colonization begins (1788)

1788

New Zealand colonization begins (1826)

1826

Opium War between England and China (1839-1841)

1839 - 1841

Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864)

1850 - 1864

Perry expedition to Japan (1853)

1853

British control over India (1858)

1858

Emancipation of Russian serfs (1861)

1861

Meiji reform era in Japan (1868-1912)

1868 - 1912

Beginnings of Russian industrialization (1884)

1884

Boxer Rebellion in China (1898-1901)

1898 - 1901

Commonwealth of Australia (1901)

1901

Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905)

1904 - 1905

Japan annexes Korea (1910)

1910

Revolution in China; end of empire (1911-1912)

1911 - 1912