Ch 43: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Early China and Japan

About This Chapter

Use the activities of this chapter to aid in your studies for the WEST-E Middle Level Humanities exam. These lessons can improve your knowledge of the culture and political changes in China and Japan between the time of the Xia Dynasty and the creation of Taiwan.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Early China and Japan - Chapter Summary

This chapter has been assembled to help you review the development of the culture in China and Japan from the time of the ancient Chinese empire to 1900's. To illustrate these changes, our expert instructors explain the rise of the Chinese dynasties, Japanese military society of the 12th century, effects of European imperialism, the aftermath of the second world war and the Chinese revolution. Once you've completed these lessons you should have a better understanding of:

  • Ancient chinese dynasties and the dynasties between 1000 and 1300 CE
  • Samurais and the Japanese military society of the 12th century
  • Effects of European imperialism in China
  • Japanese imperialism
  • The Republic of China and the decline of Confucianism
  • Effects of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II
  • The Chinese revolution

Following these lessons, be sure to test your understanding of the material and find areas of weakness by taking the lesson quizzes. Then use video tags to return to the locations of the lessons that discussed your areas of weakness and fortify your understanding of them. After completing these lessons and assessments, test your over all understanding with the chapter exam.

WEST Middle Level Humanities: Early China and Japan Chapter Objectives

Educators in the state of Washington take the Washington Educator Skills Test-Endorsements (WEST-E) Middle Level Humanities exam to demonstrate their abilities to teach middle grades social science and language arts. This certification exam is composed of two subtests, each with 55 multiple-choice questions. The second subtest includes a section on U.S. and world history, which makes up 33% of the questions. Complete the activities in this chapter to prepare for possible questions about the development of the cultures of China and Japan in this domain.

10 Lessons in Chapter 43: WEST Middle Level Humanities: Early China and 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.

European Imperialism in China: Trades, Battles & Treaties

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How the Atomic Bomb Changed Warfare During WWII

9. Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How the Atomic Bomb Changed Warfare During WWII

As America and its WWII allies considered invading Japan, the Manhattan Project successfully developed an atomic weapon. Its use on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, precipitated VJ Day, the end of the Pacific war, on August 14, 1945.

The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline

10. 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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