Communist China

Communist China
1. Quick Review
2. Lecture: China post-1949. (20)
3. Primary Document Analysis, China (20)
4. Tiananmen Square analysis and denial (15)
5. DBQ Grouping Activity, China (20)
6. SOL Practice Questions (15)
HW: Study for SOL/AP Examination
China and Communism
• China becomes Communist
in 1949, as Mao Zedong
takes power.
• To secure power, he would
beat the wealthy into giving
up land for the poor.
• Campaigns were held to rid
country of capitalists
– So bad that children
informed on their parents.
Changes in China
• Advocated five year
plans similar to Soviet
• Great Leap Forward,
massive infrastructure
projects with
peasants working in
– They lied about grain
production and a
famine resulted (30
million die)
Cultural Revolution
• Struggle between Deng
Xiaoping and Chairman
• Practical education is
promoted, learning was
derided as a capitalist ideal.
• Most important source of
knowledge “Mao’s little red
• Red Guard would brutalize
victims for the continuation
of Communist thought.
• Stoplights?...
Tiananmen Square
• Economic Reform begins
under Deng Xiaoping, but
politically freedom of
speech is nonexistent.
• Modernization, “Create
wealth for the people.
• June 4th Massacre occurred
after weeks of peaceful
• They were promoting
democracy and freedom
after the death of Hu
People’s Daily
1. How does China
relate to the Soviet
2. Is there bias within
this document?
3. What is the purpose
of Industrialization?
Deng Xiaoping Document
1. How does Xiaoping differ
from Mao Zedong? Use
2. How would these thoughts
echo his response in the
Tiananmen Square incident?
3. Is there bias within this
document? Explain.
DBQ Grouping Exercise
• Using your three documents, and the video clip
as a fourth, complete the following objective:
Question: How does China respond to the notion
of “freedom and democracy” from 1949-present?
1. Create a thesis to answer the question
2. Create three groupings to answer the question.
3. Identify and describe an outside source that
could be used. Remember the three parts to
receive credit: person, document, analysis.