For Teachers: Teachers' Guide

China Achieves a Modern State

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


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.