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Ch 44: History & Overview of China - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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Review the history of China and improve on your knowledge by looking through this chapter. Once you do, you will be able to effectively answer the questions on the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: History & Overview of China - Chapter Summary

Grow your knowledge of China by using the lessons compiled in this chapter. You will have the chance to learn more details about:

  • Shang and Zhou Dynasties
  • Early settlement of China
  • The unification of Northern China
  • Confucius and Daoism
  • The Han Dynasty
  • The Great Wall of China
  • Silk Road
  • Fall of China's Qing Dynasty

You can use our materials to pick up important details that will be addressed on the exam. By taking a quiz at the end of every lesson, you can determine if you are on the right track to do well.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: History & Overview of China Chapter Objectives

If you are looking to acquire licensure in Massachusetts as an educator, you need to take and pass the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam. On this test, there are multiple-choice questions that will assess your knowledge of history-related topics.

The materials in this chapter are part of the History section of the exam, which encompasses 20% of the entire test. By reviewing the information in the lessons, you will be fully prepared to do well on the exam. If you are still nervous, you can utilize the self-assessment quizzes to make sure you are retaining the right history knowledge about China.

12 Lessons in Chapter 44: History & Overview of China - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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Geography & Early Settlement of China

1. Geography & Early Settlement of China

In this lesson, you will discover how the geography of China influenced early settlement and the creation of the first Chinese societies. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Unification of Northern China under Shi Huangdi of the Qin Dynasty

2. Unification of Northern China under Shi Huangdi of the Qin Dynasty

After several hundred years of strife and chaos, one man from the Qin state was able to unify China. This lesson details the life of Shi Huang Di, as well as the downfall of his Qin dynasty.

Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

3. Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

In this lesson, we will study the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. We will pay close attention to the founding, major accomplishments and characteristics, and decline of these dynasties.

The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence

4. The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence

This lesson will explain the origins of Confucianism by highlighting the life and times of Master Kung, known today as Confucius. In doing so, it will focus on feudalism in China as well as the principle of jen.

Confucius' Ideas on Family & Society

5. Confucius' Ideas on Family & Society

In this lesson, you will explore the foundational principles of the Chinese philosophy Confucianism and discover how family relationships influenced emperors. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Taoism & Legalism in the Chinese Zhou Dynasty

6. Taoism & Legalism in the Chinese Zhou Dynasty

While Confucianism remained the most dominant philosophy to emerge from China during the Zhou period, two other philosophies, Taoism and Legalism, offered different approaches to how to best live in the world.

The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism

7. The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism

In this lesson, we will explore the short-lived but powerful Qin Dynasty of China. We will examine the dynasty's founding, life under Qin rule, the Qin legacy, and the downfall of the Qin.

The Han Dynasty in China: Characteristics, Wu Ti & Xiongnu

8. The Han Dynasty in China: Characteristics, Wu Ti & Xiongnu

In this lesson, we will explore China's Han dynasty. We will discover the ups and downs of its history and learn about some of its major characteristics and accomplishments.

What Is the Silk Road? - Goods & Ideas Crossing China

9. What Is the Silk Road? - Goods & Ideas Crossing China

In this lesson, you will explore the history of the famous Silk Roads that connected civilizations as far apart as Persia, Greece, and China. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Western Pressures on Chinese Foreign Trade

10. Western Pressures on Chinese Foreign Trade

In this lesson, we will look at Western pressure on Chinese foreign trade. We will see how the European powers, most notably Great Britain, bullied China into trade. We will highlight the key themes associated with this topic, specifically the Opium Wars and the Open Door Policy.

The Fall of China's Qing Dynasty

11. The Fall of China's Qing Dynasty

In this lesson, we will learn about the fall of the Qing dynasty. We will explore the factors that led to its collapse, and highlight key events and developments.

The Collapse of Imperial China

12. The Collapse of Imperial China

The Qing Dynasty was the last of the imperial dynasties to rule China, and largely fell due to the work of outside powers. From an over-dependence on old ways to a failed war on drugs, the Qing suffered greatly during their last years.

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