For Teachers: Teachers' Guide

China and Europe: 1780-1937

Study Questions

  1. How did people pay for the increasing price of bread, as well as other new items, in Europe? How did people pay for the increasing price of rice, as well as other new items, in China?
  2. What happened to the amount of leisure time that people had in the period between 1500 and 1800?
  3. How do the rates of consumption of nonessential goods in England and the Yangzi delta compare?
  4. How does the ecological transformation of China and Europe compare in 1800?
  5. Why was Western Europe and England, in particular, more easily able to access its coal deposits than China?
  6. What different factors contributed to the success of the steam engine in Europe
  7. How did the New World help to ease the demand for raw materials in Europe? How else did the New World benefit Europe?
  8. Why did China’s inland peripheries decline in the nineteenth century?
  9. What was the Asian trade boom of the late nineteenth century? How did it affect the coastal regions of China?
  10. How did the decline in the peripheries affect the economic development of China’s coastal core?
  11. How did the economic development of Asia in the nineteenth century differ from the development of Africa? How does this difference affect our overall picture of nineteenth century Asia?