Teachers’ Guide with Study Questions: China and Europe, 1500-2000

 
 

Bram Hubbell, The Friends Seminary, Brooklyn, New York

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Introduction
What do We Mean by "Modern"?
Rethinking the Industrial Revolution
(AP World History: 1450-1750 and 1750-1914 units)
China and Europe: the New Units of Analysis
China and Europe: 1500-1800
(AP World History: 1450-1750 unit)
China and Europe: 1780-1937
(AP World History: 1450-1750 and 1750-1914 units)
China Achieves a Modern State
(AP World History: 1914- present unit)
Conclusion: Issues for the 21st Century
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China and Europe, 1500-2000 and Beyond: What is "Modern"?

Teachers’ Guide with Study Questions: China and Europe, 1500-2000

Lessons:

Rethinking the rise of the West: The Great Divergence Debate

Rethinking the rise of the West: Global Commodities

Standards of Modernity – China and Europe

Parallels in England and the Yangzi Basin of China in the 1800s

What do we mean by "Modern"

Study Questions

  1. What is the traditional definition of modern; on what is it based?
  2. How does the development of a civil-service bureaucracy in China around 1000 affect our understanding of modernity?
  3. How does this traditional definition of "modern" affect the definition of "not modern"? How does it affect the traditional explanation of how places outside of Europe became modern?
  4. How do Pomeranz and Wong use the congruence of politics and culture in nineteenth century Europe as an example of conjunction? How does the use of thinking in terms of conjunction give us more flexibility in our definition of what it means to be modern?
  5. What has been the conventional way of interpreting the changes in nineteenth and twentieth century East Asia?
  6. What developments associated with modernity occurred in China before Europe? What is the importance of this?