Topic 14: The People's Republic of China (1949 - 2005)

Topic 14 examines the nature of Mao's rule over China; the impact of his domestic and foreign policies as well as the changes that took place after his death under Deng Xiaoping.

Specifically this unit looks at:

  • The consolidation of the power of the CCP 1949 - 1953
  • Economic policies, 1949 - 1961
  • Social developments
  • The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution
  • Relations with the USA and with the USSR, 1949 - 1976
  • The power struggle that resulted in the rise of Deng Xiaoping
  • Economic and political developments under Deng Xiaoping, 1976 - 1997

1. Mao's consolidation of power and rule (1949 - 1976) (ATL)

After defeating the GMD, Mao still had to consolidate his power and to create a communist state in a country that was devastated from years of civil war and from fighting the Japanese; central government...

2. China's foreign policy (1949 - 1976) (ATL)

Here are some different activities that you can do for this section on the foreign policy of China after 1949. There is a mixture of starter activities on this page plus source activities summary activities,...

3. China after 1976 (ATL)

Here are some different activities that you can do for this section on events after the fall of Mao. There is a mixture of starter activities on this page plus source activities summary activities, analytical...

4. The People's Republic of China: Essay frames and writing exercises

This page contains a variety of essay writing exercises and essay plans for this topic.Task OneATL: thinking skills1. In pairs consider the following essay:To what extent was Mao's rule after 1955 a failure?

5. The People's Republic of China (1949 - 2005): videos

On this page you will find some suggestions and links to videos that can be used as well as teacher notes with suggestions as to how the videos can be used with students. Questions for each video are...

6. The People's Republic of China (1949 - 2005): Extra resources

On these pages you can find useful websites for this unit along with historians' texts that students might find enjoyable to develop their understanding further. There are also some suggestions for fiction...

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