Standards of Modernity – China and Europe

 
 

Kelly Donaghue, Harbor School, Boston, Massachusetts

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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

Background Information for the Teacher

Review the Web module "China and Europe 1500-2000 and Beyond: What is 'Modern'?" on the Asia for Educators site. http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/chinawh/

Note in particular:

Also recommended:

John M. Hobson’s The Eastern Origins of Western Civilizations for a thorough account of the origins of technologies that were considered Western, but actually were adopted from the East (specifically the Muslim world and China).