Main Question: What were the causes and effects of 19th century imperialism on China?

Supporting Questions

  • Why do you think European powers established spheres of influence in China rather than colonies?

  • How did the Chinese leaders and people respond to Western imperialism? What explains these responses?

  • How did Chinese responses to imperialism compare/contrast to other places we have seen: Iran, Ghana, South Africa, Brazil, Israel/Palestine?

  • Should the West apologize today for the Opium Wars?

Key Vocabulary

Opium War

Great Britain

Dowager Empress Cixi

Emperor Guangxu

Taiping Rebellion

Boxer Rebellion

Spheres of Influence

China Resists Outside Influence

ARTIFACT 1

Source: World History Patterns of Interaction, pages 805-809

China Imperialism and Struggles

ARTIFACT 2

Source: OER World History Project

Note: This is a slightly harder, slightly more in-depth and nuanced look at imperialism in China (compared to the textbook). It is written by an historian and will give you an understanding of some of the complexities of studying 19th century China.

CRASH COURSE PT. 1: IMPERIALISM

ARTIFACT 3

Length: Watch to 3:22

 

Recommended viewing times: entire video

Note: This video moves quickly through content and is best to watch a couple of times or as the 2nd or 3rd source you look at.

CRASH COURSE PT. 2: ASIAN RESPONSES TO IMPERIALISM

ARTIFACT 3

Length: 12:54

 

Recommended viewing times: entire video

Note: This video moves quickly through content and is best to understand the connections between different parts of the globe in how places responded to imperialism. It is best as a 2nd or 3rd source not as the 1st source you look at.

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY MODERN?

ARTIFACT 4

Source: Asia Society

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LISTEN TO ONE OF THESE PODCASTS

ARTIFACT 5

CHINESE HISTORY PODCAST: OPIUM WARS

 

Note: A great in-depth look at the Opium Wars and 19th century Chinese culture

CHINESE HISTORY PODCAST: TAIPING REBELLION

ARTIFACT 5

LISTEN TO ONE OF THESE PODCASTS

BBC IN OUR TIME:

OPIUM WARS

BBC IN OUR TIME:

TAIPING REBELLION

BBC IN OUR TIME:

BOXER REBELLION

Main Question: What were the causes and effects of 19th century imperialism on China?

Supporting Questions

  • Why do you think European powers established spheres of influence in China rather than colonies?

  • Should the West apologize today for the Opium Wars?

Key Vocabulary

Opium War

Great Britain

Dowager Empress Cixi

Sick Man of East Asia

Boxer Rebellion

Spheres of Influence