China Since 1644

China Since 1644

A History Through Primary Sources
2nd 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.


Cheng & Tsui
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Table of Contents

Unit 1: A Sense of Place and People 
Chapter 1: China's Geography and Political Divisions 
Chapter 2: An Introduction to Sixteenth-Century China 
Chapter 3: Three Manchu Emperors 
Unit 2: The Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) 
Chapter 4: China's Foreign Relations (1644-1839) 
Chapter 5: Nineteenth-Century Strife 
Chapter 6: Exploring Solutions (1861-1894) 
Chapter 7: The End of Imperial Rule 
Unit 3: Struggles to Create a Unified China (1911-1949) 
Chapter 8: The Early Republican (1912-1916) and Warlord (1916-1928) Periods 
Chapter 9: United Fronts: The Guomindang vs. the Communists (1921-1937) 
Chapter 10: Challenges to Tradition in the Early Republic 
Chapter 11: China--Occupied and Splintered (1937-1945) 
Chapter 12: War Continues (1945-1949) 
Unit 4: The People's Republic of China (1949-2000) 
Chapter 13: The Early Years of the People's Republic 
Chapter 14: The Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) 
Chapter 15: Overtures Between East and West 
Chapter 16: Socialism with Chinese Characteristics 
Unit 5: Contemporary China 
Chapter 17: China Steps Back onto the World Stage 
Chapter 18: The Consequences of Modernization 
Chapter 19: Growing Up in China 
Chapter 20: The Challenges Ahead 


China Since 1644A 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.