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Documentaries

The most comprehensive English-language documentary series to cover Modern Chinese History is probably the PBS commission:  China a Century of Revolution which is divided into three different parts: China in revolution, The Mao Years and Born under the Red Flag.

All three parts are available at archive.org via the following link and take a few seconds to load:

https://archive.org/details/china..a.century.of.revolution

The University of Southern California has made an enlightening documentary about the experiences of American journalists who covered the Chinese Civil War.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jfhjq8oBBCQ

Newsreel footage regarding China can be found on the British Pathé youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGp4u0WHLsK8OAxnvwiTyhA

Image Databases

www.chineseposters.net  Comprehensive collection of propaganda posters organised thematically. Short essays accompany the posters.

Historic photographs of China  https://www.hpcbristol.net Searchable database of historically significant documentary photography.

www.everydaylifeinmaoistchina.org Searchable database of photographs and other images from the Maoist era, including pre-revolution Yan’an.

http://www.virtualcities.fr Extensive resource which covers the Chinese cities of Beijing, Hankou, Shanghai, Suzhou and Tianjin. Also functions as a repository for academic essays related to each city.

https://maoeraobjects.ac.uk/introduction/ Insight into life during the Maoist era through an exploration of material culture and object-based histories.

https://www.dhi.ac.uk/chiangkaishek/ Explores visual satire of Chiang Kai-shek.

https://collections.lib.uwm.edu/digital/search/searchterm/Forman%20China Harrison Forman Collection, University of Milwaukee. American photographer who covered Sino-Japanaese and Chinese Civil War.

Primary Source materials

https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/date-index.htm Provides access to Mao Zedong’s writings in chronological order.

http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/main_pop/ps/ps_china.htm#tp9 Asia for Educators: Primary sources covering important figures such as Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek, Mao Zedong, Lu Xun  , Liu Shaoqi. See sections 1900-1950 and 1950-2000.

http://www.commonprogram.science Analysis of the provisional Chinese constitution or ‘Common Program’ (1949-1954) and its articles accompanied by related visual resources.

 E-books

William Hinton Fanshen Available to borrow free as an ebook at https://archive.org/details/fanshendocumentahintrich

Jonathan D. Spence The Search for Modern China Available to borrow free as an ebook at : https://archive.org/details/searchformodernc00spen

Harry Wu Bitter Winds Available free as PDF at https://laogairesearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/40-Bitter-Winds.pdf

Jonathan D. Spence Mao Zedong Available to borrow free as an ebook from: https://archive.org/details/maozedong00spen

Lesson Plans

Ohio State University provides lesson plans written by teachers as part of the National Consortium for teaching about Asia- scroll down to the history section https://u.osu.edu/ncta/lesson-plans/lesson-plans-on-china/

https://www.asianstudies.org/publications/eaa/archives/   Comprehensive database of lesson plans, classroom resources, interviews and articles compiled by the Association for Asian Studies. 

Revision Tools

https://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/modern-world-history-1918-to-1980/china-1900-to-1976/china-in-1900/ Basic overview aimed at students.

https://www.johndclare.net/China0.htm in conjunction with Hodder Education materials. Very useful for remembering dates and causality.