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 Achieves a Modern State

* This section of the website corresponds to the 1914 to present unit of Advanced Placement World History

Summary

After 1949, the Chinese leaders began to modernize the country. Although they introduced many policies and institutions based on Communism, a political philosophy that originated in Europe, these policies and institutions also have many similarities to those of the Qing emperors. China’s economic dynamism in the 1980s and 1990s can also be traced back to imperial precedents. Imperial China continues to have many important effects on the development of modern China.

Key Terms/Vocabulary

Communism
rural industry

Study Questions

  1. How did the Communist rulers’ understanding of the connection between politics and culture reflect the understanding of that relationship in late imperial China? How does this affect our understanding of the legacy of imperial China in the twentieth century?
  2. How does the use of the campaign by China’s Communist leaders compare to the development of democratic institutions in parts of Europe?
  3. What was the main source of economic dynamism in China in the 1980s and 1990s? Explain.
  4. How do China’s recent economic growth and its sources complicate our understanding of what it means to be modern?

Discussion Questions

Does the collapse of the Nationalist government and the rise of Communism in China in the late 1940s mark a complete break with long imperial history of China?