China: Understanding Its Past

Eileen H. Tamura
Linda K. Menton
Noren W. Lush
Francis K. C. Tsui
with Warren Cohen
Copyright Date: 1997
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    Book Description:

    China: Understanding Its Past aims to fill a conspicuous gap in conventional world history texts, which are often Eurocentric and give scant attention to Asia. Using role-playing, simulations, debates, primary documents, first person accounts, excerpts from literary works, and cooperative learning activities, this text will help students explore many key aspects of China's history and culture. The teacher's manual includes a synopsis of each chapter and section, learner outcomes, definitions of key concepts, directions for student activities, and possible responses to questions posed in the student text. The CD contains selections of Chinese music from different time periods and locales. Liner notes include English translations of lyrics as well as historical information about each selection.

    eISBN: 978-0-8248-6182-7
    Subjects: History, Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-v)
  3. Maps
    (pp. vi-vi)
  4. Tables and Graphs
    (pp. vi-vi)
  5. To the Reader
    (pp. vii-vii)
  6. Chinese Names
    (pp. viii-viii)
  7. Romanization and Pronunciation of Chinese Words
    (pp. viii-x)
  8. Chapter 1 The Family, State, and Society in Imperial China, 600 B.C.E. TO A.D. 1900
    (pp. 1-74)

    This chapter introduces us to imperial China, a period of over two thousand years, when emperors ruled. During imperial times the family was a microcosm of Chinese society, where the patriarch—the male head of the household—ruled the family as the emperor ruled China. We examine the roles of sons and daughters in traditional Chinese society, learn what was expected of them, and consider their relationship to their parents. We then investigate what the great thinker Confucius said about family relationships and other relationships between people.

    Although somewhat isolated during the imperial period, China did have contact with the...

  9. Chapter 2 Civilizations in Collision: China in Transition, 1750–1920
    (pp. 75-154)

    This chapter focuses on China during a time of extraordinary change. According to a prominent scholar, nineteenth-century China was marked by (1) foreigners invading, (2) Chinese rebelling, and (3) rulers trying to resist the invasions and quell the rebellions without losing their positions.¹

    We begin by looking at how China controlled its trade with Western countries for several centuries and what happened in 1793, when King George III of England sent an emissary to ask the Chinese emperor for more trade privileges. We then discuss the Opium War as an example of foreign invasion and see how the unequal treaties...

  10. Chapter 3 Transforming Society: Chinese Communism, from 1920
    (pp. 155-248)

    In this chapter we trace the beginnings of the Guomindang and the Communist Party, which in the 1920s emerged as the two dominant forces competing for control of China. We see the Guomindang, led by Chiang Kai-shek, use military might to end the constant battling among China’s warlords, unite China under its rule, and attempt to destroy the Communists. We look at how Mao Zedong rose to Communist Party leadership and how he developed new theories on Marxism and revolution that won Communists the support of millions of poor peasants. We consider how the Japanese invasion and occupation of much...

  11. Glossary
    (pp. 249-254)
  12. Index
    (pp. 255-261)
  13. Acknowledgments
    (pp. 262-262)