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History of China for Kids

History of China

For many centuries China had the world's most advanced civilization. Chinese history can be traced back to around 1550 BC (Shang Dynasty). It was followed by the long lasting Zhou Dynasty during with Chinese writing evolved. Successive dynasties in Chinese history controlled various territories under the direct rule of the Emperor of China. In early 20th century, the last dynasty was overthrown by Chinese revolutionaries, and after several decades of civil war, in 1949 Chinese Communist Party established China's current government.
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Ancient China - One of the World's Oldest Civilizations
Grade: 6 - 12
Learn about ancient China, one of the earliest centers of human civilization.

2,000 Years of Chinese History
Grade: 6 - 12
The lesson covers 2,000 years of Chinese history. It introduces all the dynasties in Chinese history, and the major influence of Confucius and Confucian philosophy.

The Silk Road and Ancient Chinese Trade
Grade: 6 - 12
A video on the Silk Road and ancient Chinese trade. Learn about the Silk Road, a network of trade routes where goods such as ivory, silver, iron, wine, and silk were exchanged across the ancient world, from China to the West.

Communists, Nationalists, and China's Revolutions
Grade: 6 - 12
In this lesson, learn about China's Revolutions. In 1911 and 1912, Chinese nationalists brought 3000 years of dynastic rule to an end. The lesson covers the Chinese Civil War, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.

Ancient Chinese Inventions 1
Grade: 6 - 12
The documentary takes a comprehensive look at the great inventions and discoveries made in ancient China, and the enormous impact these had in the formation of the modern world. It examines Chinese contributions in warfare, clock making, physics, cartography, metallurgy, aviation, sailing and printing.

Ancient Chinese Inventions 2
Grade: 6 - 12

Ancient Chinese Inventions 3
Grade: 6 - 12

Ancient Chinese Architecture
Grade: 6 - 12
Watch a brief history of traditional Chinese architecture. Architecture being an essential part of a culture, the design and construction of ancient Chinese buildings are truly remarkable.

Chinese Empire - the Great Wall, The Qin, Han, Ming Dynasties
Grade: 6 - 12
An overview of the Chinese Empire, its amazing achievements, and the rise and fall of its dynasties.

What Was China's Cultural Revolution?
Grade: 8 - 12
A brief look at China's cultural revolution, and what happened during that time.

Chinese History 1911-1949 : China's Revolution
Grade: 8 - 12
An overview of China's tumultuous history from the birth of the new republic to the establishment of the PRC. It begins in 1911 with the fall of the last emperor and continues through 1949, highlighting four decades of civil war, foreign invasion and the ascension of rival leaders Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek.

The Cultural Revolution of China 1966-1976
Grade: 8 - 12
A presentation on the Cultural Revolution of China, a social-political movement from 1966 to 1976.

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