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KEY POINTS IN DEVELOPMENTS IN EAST ASIA

Organized according to the time periods of the National Standards in World History and the College Board, these documents highlight major developments that educators may wish to focus upon in courses on East Asian history.

EAST ASIA: Geographic Background
EAST ASIA: 4000 BCE–1000 CE

China

Japan

Korea

Vietnam

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EAST ASIA: 1000-1450 CE
EAST ASIA: 1450-1750
EAST ASIA AND THE WEST: 1750-1919

China

  • China and the West: Imperialism, Opium, and Self-Strengthening (1800-1921)
  • Introduction to China's Modern History
    An introduction to modern Chinese history for teachers and students. Includes a brief introductory reading highlighting four major themes for teaching about modern Chinese history; a longer reading, "China in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries," providing an overview of the many significant changes in Chinese society, polity, and economy; and an annotated timeline of modern Chinese history from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) to China's civil war (1946-49).

Japan

Korea

Vietnam

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EAST ASIA: 20TH CENTURY
CENTRAL THEMES

Originally designed in the 1980s to support the units on CHINA and JAPAN** in the New York State 9th-10th grade Global History requirement, the themes are designed to provide an infrastructure for the myriad facts and dates encountered in studying the long histories of the East Asian countries. The themes are reprinted here for educators seeking new perspectives to bring to bear on the individual histories of each of the East Asian countries — China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam — and of South and Southeast Asia also. (**The "themes" outlined at the beginning under these two countries are more detailed than those under the others.)

Central Themes for a Unit on CHINA
INTRODUCTION
Central Themes for a Unit on KOREA
INTRODUCTION

I. Korea in Its Physical and Cultural Environment

II. Traditional Korea

III. Colonialism, Liberation, and Civil War (1910-1953)

IV. Contemporary Korea (1953-present)

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Central Themes for a Unit on VIETNAM
INTRODUCTION

I. Vietnam in Its Physical and Cultural Environment

II. Outline of Vietnam's History by Time Period and Region

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Central Themes for a Unit on SOUTHEAST ASIA
INTRODUCTION
Central Themes for a Unit on SOUTH ASIA
INTRODUCTION
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