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Ch 25: WEST History: The History of China & Japan

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Use our concise lessons to refresh and expand your knowledge of the history of Japan and China. The History of China & Japan chapter of our WEST History test prep course provides excellent preparation for the WEST History exam.

WEST History: The History of China & Japan - Chapter Summary

These text and video lessons cover the history of China and Japan from the ancient to modern eras. By reviewing the information presented in them, you can prepare for the types of questions you will encounter in the world history section of the WEST History test. Topics include:

  • Timeline and achievements of the Xia Dynasty
  • Shang and Zhou Dynasties of ancient China
  • T'ang, Song and Ming Dynasties
  • Samurai culture of 12th century Japan
  • Inroads by Europeans into China
  • Japanese territorial acquisitions
  • Chinese republic, decline of Confucianism
  • The Communist Manifesto and communism in China
  • Taiwan and the Chinese Revolution

The combination of our short but informative lessons, self-assessment quizzes and transcripts provide a multi-pronged approach that enables you to expand and reinforce your knowledge and effectively prepare for the WEST History exam. Our subject matter experts are available to provide any help you may need, and our video timeline feature allows you to select only the segments of a lesson that you want to review.

WEST History: The History of China & Japan Chapter Objectives

The WEST History test examines your readiness for teacher certification or a history teaching endorsement by evaluating your knowledge of world and U.S. history and social studies skills and concepts. Our History of China & Japan chapter falls within the world history domain, which comprises about 36% of the overall test.

There are 110 questions on the WEST History exam. The test is computer-based, and all of the questions are multiple choice. You are given a short passage to read and a list of possible responses, from which you must choose the one that best answers the question.

11 Lessons in Chapter 25: WEST History: The History of China & Japan
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China's Xia Dynasty: Timeline, Culture & Achievements

1. China's Xia Dynasty: Timeline, Culture & Achievements

According to many who study China, the Xia Dynasty is just a dream of earlier Chinese rulers. For others, it is the link between the farming settlements of the Huang He civilization and Chinese history.

Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

2. 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.

Chinese Dynasties (1000-1300 CE): T'ang, Song & Ming

3. Chinese Dynasties (1000-1300 CE): T'ang, Song & Ming

In this lesson, we explore three important Chinese dynasties of the Middle Ages: the T'ang, the Song, and the Ming, which all ruled for a few hundred years each between the 7th and 17th centuries C.E.

Japanese Military Society & Samurais in the 12th Century

4. Japanese Military Society & Samurais in the 12th Century

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of the samurai and the Japanese military culture of the 12th century. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Ming Dynasty Achievements: Art & Technology

5. Ming Dynasty Achievements: Art & Technology

In this lesson, you will explore the art and technology of the Ming dynasty as Chinese artists and engineers rediscovered their Chinese identity. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

India (1000-1300 CE): Dynasties & Religions

6. India (1000-1300 CE): Dynasties & Religions

In this lesson, we explore the rise and decline of two of the more powerful dynasties that were present in the Indian subcontinent during the Middle Ages.

European Imperialism in China: Trades, Battles & Treaties

7. European Imperialism in China: Trades, Battles & Treaties

In this lesson, we will examine European imperialism in China. We will highlight the key themes associated with this topic, specifically the Opium Wars and the 'Open Door' Policy.

Japanese Imperialism: Territorial Acquisitions & Wars

8. Japanese Imperialism: Territorial Acquisitions & Wars

In this lesson, we will learn about Japanese imperialism. We will highlight the major territorial acquisitions and the wars that expanded the Japanese Empire.

The Decline of Confucianism and the Republic of China

9. The Decline of Confucianism and the Republic of China

This lesson will focus on the decline of Confucianism within the Republic of China. In doing so, it will highlight the concepts of Jen and filial piety. It will also explore the role of and the influence of the Three Principles of the People.

Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto

10. Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: The Communist Manifesto

This lesson will explore the 19th century roots of Marxism and communism. In doing this, it will explain the role the Industrial Revolution played in forming the famous work of Marx and Engels, known as the Communist Manifesto.

The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline

11. The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline

In this lesson we explore the long struggle between the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist Party before, during, and after WWII, and the subsequent creation of Taiwan after the communist victory.

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