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China Since 1644

A History Through Primary Sources
1st Edition
by the Curriculum Specialists at Primary Source, Inc.

China Since 1644, the updated and retitled 2nd Edition of China in the World, explores China's captivating history from the seventeenth century to the present through hundreds of compelling primary sources--imperial edicts, letters, short stories, essays, propaganda posters, maps, photographs, political cartoons, and more. Unit overviews, introductory essays, and timelines provide context, while a wealth of primary source-based classroom activities require close reading of texts, thoughtful evaluation of source documents, critical thinking, and visual literacy. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, China Since 1644 encourages students to view events form multiple perspectives and genres as it guides them towards a deeper understanding of China.

Written by teachers for use with their students, China Since 1644 serves as a perfect companion to standard world history texts and courses in world literature. It is also ideal for courses on East Asian studies, the history of China, or Chinese language and culture at the high school and college level. The emphasis on document analysis makes it a valuable tool for AP® or IB® courses. 

The companion website includes hundreds of full-length documents, full-color images, maps, and additional resources for students and teachers.

AP® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product. IB® is a registered trademark of the International Baccalaureate Organization, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.


China Since 1644: A History Through Primary Sources is a timely contribution to helping prepare Americans for the world of the twenty-first century. It is well rounded, covering many different topics form geography to history to society. We should all be thankful to the dedicated teachers who have put together this wonderful sourcebook.

— Ezra F. Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
About the Author(s)

Primary Source promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures throughout the world. In partnership with teachers, scholars, and the broader community, Primary Source provides learning opportunities and curriculum resources for K-12 educators. By introducing global content, Primary Source shapes the way teachers and students learn, so that their knowledge is deeper and their thinking is flexible and open to inquiry.