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China and Europe, 1500–2000 and Beyond: What is Modern?
Emperors and Reign Periods (PDF)
Timeline of Chinese Inventions (PDF)
China's Gifts to the West (PDF)
Chinese Ideas in the West (PDF)
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Introduction: New Directions in World History, 1500–Present
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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

> Interactive 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
> Interactive Map: 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
> Interactive Map: 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?