Chapter 20 Notes
Write a response to each of the following questions and / statements. Your responses must be written in complete sentences and should demonstrate an understanding of the course content.
Please support your responses with historical evidence.
1. What major changes at the beginning of the 20th century would ultimately lead to hostilities between European powers?
2. How did the “Young Turks” seek to “cure” the “sick man of Europe?”
3. How did alliances, rivalries between European nations and nationalism help to cause World War I?
4. How did the decline of the Ottoman Empire help to cause World War I?
5. How did the Balkans help to cause World War I?
6. How is the following event comparable to the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand? The tragic life of a street vendor
Al Jazeera travels to the birthplace of Tunisia's uprising and speaks to Mohamed Bouazizi's family.
Yasmine Ryan Last Modified: 20 Jan 2011 15:00 GMT
In a country where officials have little concern for the rights of citizens, there was nothing extraordinary about humiliating a young man trying to sell fruit and vegetables to support his family.
Yet when Mohamed Bouazizi poured inflammable liquid over his body and set himself alight outside the local municipal office, his act of protest cemented a revolt that would ultimately end President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's 23-year-rule.
Local police officers had been picking on Bouazizi for years, ever since he was a child. For his family, there is some comfort that their personal loss has had such stunning political consequences.
"I don't want Mohamed's death to be wasted," Menobia Bouazizi, his mother, said. "Mohamed was the key to this revolt."
Simple, troubled life
Mohamed Bouazizi was 10 years old when he became the main provider for his family, selling fresh produce in the local market. He stayed in high school long enough to sit his baccalaureate exam, but did