HS 421   Modern China: Revolution and Identity


"Revolution is not a dinner party, not an essay, nor a painting, nor a piece of embroidery. It cannot be advanced softly, gradually, carefully, considerately, respectfully, politely, plainly and modestly." - Mao Zedong
    
Teacher:  Mr Smith    Room 245
Extra Help: Afterschool Help  Thursdays Room 206

May 4th Movement 1919- Memorial ReliefCURRENT HOMEWORK:  
                                                                                                               Unit 3 Project: People's Republic of China: Museum Exhibit & Evaluation Essay
                                                                                                                                       Essay Due: Th Nov 13      Exhibit Due: Tue Nov 18
                                                                                                               Thursdays/Fridays: Current Event Presentations  
                                                                                                                    Sec 01  Matt J                        Th Nov 13
                                                                                                                    Sec 02  Lauren Z, Stephen C     Fri  Nov 14
                                                                                    HONORS: Students who wish to drop Honors must complete the form by Nov 20.
ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

   How did Europe/Japan challenge & influence China?

   What were the effects of the Communist revolutions?

   What is modern China? How is China influencing the modern world?



Course Summary:  The traditional and modern culture of China will be the focus of this History elective course, and you will encounter its many revolutions since the 19th century through music, the memoir of Jung Chang, Wild Swans, the stories of Lu Xun, the film ‘To Live’ and many primary source accounts. The story of China in the 20th century is the story of revolutions, tragedy and re-birth.  It is also the story of globalization.  How and why did China experience three major revolutions in the 20th century?  How did global events and Western European ideas influence China?  How did China respond to these challenges?   This course will examine major events in 20th Century China, including the collapse of the Qing Dynasty, the Nationalist Revolution of 1911,  Japanese colonization,  the Communist Revolution of 1949, the  Cultural Revolution in the 1960’s and the Democracy Wall movement of the 1980’s that culminated in the Tiananmen Square protests.    The final assessment will ask you to  identify a research topic, develop a question and present your understanding of contemporary China in a Photo Essay: What is modern China and how is it influencing the world?


KEY TEXTS/RESOURCES:


Memoir:           Wild Swans, Jung Chang (1991)

            Films:              The Last Emperor, To Live, Seven Years in Tibet

                                       China: A Century of Revolution

            Field Trip        The Peabody Essex Museum   www.pem.org [Nov 7] 


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See 'Documents' and 'Useful Links' below for syllabus, assignments, and web site resources.
 


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