China 1900 -1937 (HL)

1. China 1900-1912: The rise of Nationalism in China

Isolated China

How does the Geography of China impact its History?


Overview of China in the 20th century: Crash Course Chinese History 1911 – 1949


A timeline of the key events of Chinese History in the 20th Century:
Chinese Revolution 1911:
China 1900 – 1927 Key Note
An extract from the autobiography of Pu Yi:
Coronation and Abdication
ATL skills: Communication – Reading
Read the article below and make notes about what it tells us about the growth of Chinese Nationalism after 1900.
Use the strategy Connect – Extend – Content
If this link doesn’t give you the full article here is the pdf:
1911 Revolution
Here is a website that contains short videos about China.
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Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 3.21.28 PM2. Yuan Shikai and the Warlord Era 1912 – 1923

Questions to consider:
Why was Sun Yat-sen unable to maintain his Presidency after 1912?
Why was China so complex to govern?
Who was Yuan Shikai?
The details of the Warlord Era are outlined here by Michael Lynch:
The Warlord Era – Michael Lynch
What is a Warlord? What problems did China face when controlled by Warlords?
Were there any positive aspects of the Warlord Era in China?
When did the Warlord Era finally end?
Answer these questions:
  • In what ways, and to what extent, was Yuan Shikai responsible for the rise of warlordism in China in the early twentieth century? Nov 2012
  • Assess the impact of the Warlord Era on China between 1916 and 1927.

 3. The Impact of the First World War on China (recap)

Read the extract below and complete the Understanding Map to help you to think about the important issues under discussion here:

4. The New Culture Movement 1912 – 1919

This Wikipedia Page is very accurate:
Here is a journal article with some helpful information:

5. The GMD and the CCP 1920 – 7

Your task is to create a Pecha Kucha (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide) about either the GMD or the CCP to present to the Standard Level students. You must cover LEADERSHIP, IDEOLOGY/POLICIES, PRACTICE AND IMPACT.

Sun Yat-sen keynote

Founding of CCP 1920 -Michael Lynch

Why did the CCP and GMD create a united Front 1924 -7?

The United Front 1924 – 7 Michael Lynch


6. Who was Chiang Kai Shek?

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These sites can help with understanding the rise of Chiang Kai Shek:

7. The Northern Expedition 1926 and the end of the First United Front 1927

Create a diagram to show the long and short term causes of the Northern Expedition and the long and short term consequences of the Northern Expedition. The resource below will help:

Northern Expedition – Lynch

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8. The Nanjing Decade 1927 – 1937

The key characteristics of this period of rule by Chiang Kai Shek were:

  • The First Chinese Civil War agains the CCP
  • The invasion of the Japanese in Manchuria
  • The New Life Movement

The New Life Movement – Jstor

  • Economic, Financial and educational reforms

Evaluate the rule of Chiang Kai Shek during the Nanjing Decade 1927 – 37.