Lesson 7 - War and Revolution in East Asia

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Lesson 7 - War and Revolution in East Asia

20th Century Reforms of China

    1. China’s Disaster: 1840-1949's%20Disaster: %201840-

    1949 is rich in primary sources including images from this period.

2. For more primary sources and discussion questions on this era, see these Asia for Educators

    sites: Demographic Disasters, From Reform to Revolution, and Farmers and the Chinese Revolution

3. The PRC (People’s Republic of China) Under Mao and Twentieth Century Changes are student-friendly sites.

4. Posters and paintings are visual documents that will add to your understanding of this era. See

    especially Stefan Landsberger's Chinese Propaganda Posters

    and the Chairman Smiles

5. China’s Communist Revolution: A Glossary is a handy list of players and events in China during the late 20th century. Also see the Illustrated History of the

    Communist Party in China 6. Morning Sun documents the Cultural Revolution including images

    and songs.

Meiji Japan

    1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology has images of Commodore Perry and his Black Ships

    with an explanatory text that is wonderful to see

2. Modern History Sourcebook has first-hand accounts by Westerners in Meiji Japan including

    How Japanese Ladies Go Shopping, 1890 and A Japanese Dinner Party, 1890

3. Photographs are a good primary source. The Database of Old Photographs of Japan also includes maps from this period.

    4. Kokoyakyu is an engaging PBS documentary on baseball in Japanese high schools today. Be sure to see the accompanying

    lesson plan at

    5. 3 Samurai baseball in Japan today is discussed online in Japan Focus

    6. Imperial Japan: 1894-1945” by Jonathan N. Lipman examines how and why Japan created an empire stretching from Singapore to Alaska in just a few decades.

Korea and Its Colonization

    1. Korea Net from the Korean Culture and Information Service is an excellent source for stories, recipes, statistics and arts and culture.

2. Annotated Links for North and South Korea ranges from Looking for God in the Streets of Seoul” to Hendrick Hamel, the “Marco Polo of Korea.”

    3. Arts of Korea at is an online exhibition from Metropolitan Museum of Art and Teacher’s Sourcebook for Korean Art and Culture has lesson plans, timelines, activities, etc.

4. Lesson plans about all facets of Korea and its culture are FREE from and


     th5. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has several timelines of Korean art and culture including 19 thcerntury, and 20 century ones Also contrast Yangban: Cultural Life of the Choson Literati with Work and Leisure: th18 Century Genre Painting

6. Anti-Japanese Movement in Korea from 1904-1945 has photos and info on this topic.

7. A video lecture from nationally known scholar Alexis Dudden, professor specializing in modern

    Korean and Japanese history

8. For lesson plans on the ongoing challenges in the relationship between Korea and Japan see: and

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