For Teachers: Teachers' Guide

China Achieves a Modern State

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?