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Nelson Modern History: China and Revolution

By | Copyright Year:2016 | ISBN-13: 9780170244145

China and Revolution has been developed for senior secondary students of History and is part of the Nelson Modern History series. Each book in the series is based on the understanding that History is an interpretive study of the past by which students also come to better appreciate the making of the modern world. Developing understandings of the past and present in senior History extends on the skills learnt in earlier years. Students will use historical skills, including research, evaluation, synthesis, analysis and communication. They will rely on their knowledge of the historical concepts such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, significance, empathy, perspectives and contestability, to understand and interpret societies from the past. The activities and tasks have been written to ensure that students develop the skills and attributes required for senior History subjects.

Revolution and revolutionary movements have dominated the history of 20th century China. This student book focuses on the causes and consequences of this revolutionary history. It explores the history of China from the establishment of the Chinese Republic in 1912 through to the death of Mao. This title incorporates recent historiography and a wealth of visual and text sources.

Series Editor, Tony Taylor is the past Director of the National Inquiry into the Teaching and Learning of History and the National Centre for History Education. From 2006 to 2010 he was a senior consultant to federal government bodies responsible for the development of Australian Curriculum History, while researching and publishing extensively in various topics in education and History.


About the series
Series editor acknowledgements
Author acknowledgements


Behind the wall, 1911-1927

Threats from the outside and within, 1928-1937

The war with Japan, 1937-1945

The battle for supremacy, 1945-1949

The creation of a Communist state, 1949-1957

China and the Cold War, 1949-1972

China and the Great Leap Forward, 1958-1962

The Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976



Chris Gates has taught in Australia, the UK and New Zealand and is currently Head of History at Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School, Melbourne. Chris has presented at many teacher conferences and student lectures and is a member of the Nelson Connect with History and Nelson Modern History author teams.

Elizabeth Morgan currently teaches English and History at Nossal High School, Berwick, Victoria. With more than 30 years of teaching experience, and having taught VCE Revolutions for more than 15 years, she is a passionate educator who regularly presents at conferences and student lectures.


The Nelson Modern History series is an extensive suite of full colour topic books developed for Australian senior students. Each title draws on recent scholarship, historiography and history specific pedagogy to ensure relevance and teachability. Providing flexibility for schools and students, Nelson Modern History is the up to date and relevant history education solution for senior students

The front cover of each title features a line drawing associated with the topic. Functioning as a topic starter, this iconic image is unpacked with a photograph and commentary with a link to a key individual and an illustrated timeline

The introduction to each book includes a brief overview of the topic and a handy reference sequence that includes profiles of major figures and organisations, definitions of key concepts and summaries of major documents

Each chapter is structured around inquiry questions and includes age appropriate language, recent research in the field, diagrams, maps and illustrations, biographical profiles that incorporate activities and discussions of historians and schools of interpretation

Chapters close with a topic summary, suggestions for further reading and review activities that consolidate content knowledge and build historical skills

Each title closes with a brief summation and a set of activities that encourage students to draw on their learning and reflect on the topic as a whole.