Index of All Topics

INTRODUCTION: NEW DIRECTIONS IN WORLD HISTORY, 1500-PRESENT
Video: The Eurocentric View of History

 

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY "MODERN"?

Redefining the Modern World
Video: Modern: The Tyranny of the European Model
◾ Sidebar: Conventional Wisdom in Textbooks

Decoupling "Modern" from "European"

Appreciating Asian Dynamics
Video: Comparing Modern China and Modern Europe
Video: Partial Parallels: Other Places, Other Times

 

RETHINKING THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

Common Dynamics
Video: Constraints of the Preindustrial World and the Historical Hinge of 1800

Industrial Evolution, not Revolution?
Video: Precursors of Change

Rethinking Regions
Map: Asia showing Qing and Ming era borders
Video: Regional Analysis of China

Explaining the Industrial Revolution in Europe
Map: Showing Magellan's route from Spain to Peru and around the world, c. 1544

 

CHINA AND EUROPE: THE NEW UNITS OF ANALYSIS

Video with Map: Comparing China and Europe
Video: Comparing Europe with China
Photo Album:
Diversity of Peoples in China and Europe
Video: Advanced Commercial Economies Look Similar

 

CHINA AND EUROPE: 1500-1800

Was China More Productive Than Europe?, Part 1
Video: Comparing Core Areas

Was China More Productive Than Europe?, Part 2
◾ Sidebar: Refuting Old Beliefs

China: An "Early Modern" Society, Part 1
Video: Farmer, Not Peasant
Video: Contractural Relations

China: An "Early Modern" Society, Part 2
Video: Productive Policies
◾ Sidebar: Merchant Incentives
Video: Moving Food and Populations
Video: The Qing Government and Women's Handicrafts
Map: Yangzi River and the Grand Canal

China: An "Early Modern" Society, Part 3
Video: The Government Promotes Cotton
Photo Album: Illustrations of Cotton Cultivation and Manufacture

The Silver Trade, Part 1
Video: The Silver Flow
Video: The Chinese Demand for Silver

The Silver Trade, Part 2

Population Growth and The Myth of the Big Chinese Family
Video: Population Growth Creates Ecological Changes
◾ Sidebar: The Myth of the Big Chinese Family

 

CHINA AND EUROPE: 1780-1937

The Revolution Explained
Video: Forget the Nation-State

What Happened?
Video: China's Internal Markets
Map: The New World: Both Periphery and Market

Differential Growth
Video: A Fact Worth Pondering

 

CHINA ACHIEVES A MODERN STATE

The Precedent for Modern Politics
Video: The Tradition of Campaigns

The Rural Industry Tradition in China
Video: China is Consistent with China, Not with Europe

 

CONCLUSION: ISSUES FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Video: Whose Great Miracle Is It?

 

RESOURCES

Teacher's Guide & Lesson Plans for China and Europe

Related Lesson Plan and Classroom Readings

Timeline of Chinese Inventions [PDF]

China's Gifts to the West [PDF]

Chinese Ideas in the West [PDF]

Emperors and Reign Periods [PDF]

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

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