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

China and Europe: the New Units of Analysis

Summary

In the fourth section, Pomeranz and Wong argue that the recent emergence of the European Union (EU) has diminished the significance attached to the national state. The emergence of the EU also reminds us that nation-states are not natural developments and that political units change and evolve over time. Wong also analyzes the types of geographical units that can be used in comparing Europe and China; he analyzes the nature of economic dynamism in the world between 1500 and 1700.

Key Terms/Vocabulary

European Union
Imperial China
Advanced Commercial Economy
Nation-state

Study Questions

  1. What are the problems with comparing economic development in England and China? What sorts of comparisons are better?
  2. How did Europe’s economic development between 1500 and 1700 resemble that of other parts of East Asia and South Asia? What do these similarities suggest about the nature of global economic change in this period?

Discussion Questions

  1. Do Pomeranz and Wong’s arguments about units of analysis make sense?
  2. Can you think of other examples of comparison in which the units being compared do not seem to match up?