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History / Year 9 / Historical Knowledge and Understanding

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Curriculum content descriptions

Key features (social, cultural, economic, political) of ONE Asian society at the start of this period (ACDSEH093)

Elaborations
  • investigating the key aspects an Asian society at the beginning of this period (for example, identifying the territorial extent of Qing China, the role and influence of the Emperor, and the nature of literature, art and architecture)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Indian history,  Japanese history,  Chinese history,  Indonesian history

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Shoguns rule Japan with iron fists

Who were the shoguns and how did they rule Japan? In Japanese history, the time from about 1600 to 1868 is called the Edo period. In 1600, after centuries of wars, Japan came under the control of shoguns from the Tokugawa clan. They continued to rule until 1868, when they were overthrown. View this clip to discover how ...

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Japan's shoguns keep everyone in their places

What was the status of each social class in shogunate Japan? During the period from around 1600 to 1868, Japan was a feudal society. As in medieval Europe, each group had its place in a strict social order. Watch this clip to discover the roles of each group during the age when the Tokugawa shoguns ruled the country. This ...

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The end of Japan's isolation

Under the shoguns, Japan was deliberately isolated from the outside world from around 1600 CE. However, by the mid-19th century, Western imperialism was entering a new phase of expansion that no Asian state was able to resist. Discover what happened when the West came beating on the doors of a closed society. This clip ...

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China and globalisation

This is a website that focuses on the teaching of elementary Chinese language through six units that are populated with teaching and assessment ideas, historical and contemporary information, still images, video content, downloadable worksheets, hyperlinks to further resources and Chinese language flash cards. The six units ...

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British imperialism in India

Discover an age in which a few European nations were able to exploit and eventually control large and diverse parts of Asia. How was this possible? In this clip from a 1965 University of the Air program, Hugh Owen of the University of NSW explains the origins of European imperialism in India and Britain's success in building ...

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Recording the grandeur of the Qing: teacher guide and lessons

This is a teaching resource about 17th and 18th century China during the reigns of the greatest Qing emperors - Kangxi Emperor and Qianlong Emperor. It comprises a teachers' guide with study and class discussion questions and a set of three lesson plans. The questions are organised around five topics: the emperors, the ...

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The Godfrey shawl

This is a resource about two visual arts works from 19th-century India: an embroidered shawl from Kashmir showing a map of Srinagar and a painting on cotton titled 'Maharana Jawan Singh hunting' from Mewar. The resource revolves around a video clip of Betty Churcher, the former director of the National Gallery of Australia, ...

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The Moghul emperors of India

Discover an empire so wealthy that its rulers could construct magnificent palaces with ceilings of silver and jewels set in their walls. In this half-hour video made in 1977, writer and presenter Keith Adam will guide you through the rich history of the last great empire in India before it lost territory to its Hindu neighbours ...

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Timeline of Chinese history and dynasties

This resource includes two types of timelines representing Chinese history. The first is a timeline of Chinese dynasties from 2100 BCE to the present with key events such as the deaths of important figures and the rise of Confucian thought. The second timeline is an outline of Chinese history tracing the different dynasties ...

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Felice Beato's Japan: places - an album by the pioneer foreign photographer in Yokohama, 1860s-70s

This is a collection of online materials focusing on an album of 50 photographs of scenes in Japan in the late 1860s or early 1870s. It was compiled by photographer Felice Beato. The materials consist of an illustrated essay by Associate Professor Allan Hockley and five different ways of viewing the photographs and their ...

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New Gold Mountain. Chinese on the goldfields

This resource provides teaching and learning activities exploring the history and contribution of the Chinese on the Australian goldfields in 19th century Australia. The PDF booklet provides teacher's notes, historical background and reproducible student activities which focus on the gold rushes and the Victorian goldfields. ...

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Japan under shogun and emperor

This is a collection of 11 digital curriculum resources that focus on Japan in the late Shogunate and early Meiji periods. The collection is grouped into five sections - samurai; people of the late Shogunate and early Meiji periods; scenes in late Shogunate and early Meiji Japan; the 'opening' of Japan; and the Meiji restoration. ...

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Tokugawa shogunate is overthrown

How did Japan's Tokugawa shogunate come to an end? The entry of the US fleet into Tokyo Bay in 1853 and the events that followed exposed the shogunate's policy of isolation as a potential threat to the country. Western influence, and Japan's response to it, would have an enormous impact on the country's future. This clip ...

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Tragic consequences of Japan's modernisation

Japan went through a remarkable transformation between 1868 and the death of the Emperor Meiji in 1912. But Japan's modernisation was accompanied by its rise as an imperialist power, with tragic results. Watch this clip to learn about the consequences of Japan's dream of empire. This clip is last in a series of six.

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Gold and civilisation

In this education pack students explore our timeless fascination with gold and how its discovery has contributed to the development of modern Australia. Students also examine gold in an international context and see how other cultures and times have regarded the qualities of gold. The education packs are based on the 'Gold ...

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Black ships and samurai: Commodore Perry and the opening of Japan, 1853-54

This is a collection of online materials focusing on US Commodore Matthew Perry's two expeditions to force the opening of Japan as seen through American and Japanese eyes. The materials are in two parts. Black ships and samurai I consists of an illustrated essay by Professor John Dower. Black ships and samurai II (see dropdown ...

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Bomb site in Darwin, 1942

This is a black-and-white photograph of a group of six Australian soldiers at a bomb site in Darwin, Northern Territory, in 1942. The actual location in Darwin is unidentified. A sign in the foreground says 'DANGER LIVE BOMB', and one of the men is crouching or standing in what could be a bomb crater.

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Throwing off Asia l: woodblock prints of domestic 'Westernisation' in Japan, 1868-1912

This is a collection of online materials about the rapid transformation of Japan following the Meiji Restoration. The materials consist of an illustrated essay by Professor John Dower; two sets of woodblock prints and accompanying historical background; a database of information about 405 woodblock prints from the period; ...

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Modernising Japan in the Meiji era

The restoration of Emperor Meiji in 1868 ushered in a period of rapid change in Japan. The country not only borrowed practices and technologies from Western countries, in less than forty years it too had become an imperialist power. This clip is fifth in a series of six.

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The 'opening' of Japan

This is a collection of 15 digital curriculum resources, all of them collections in their own right, that focus on Japan and the West from 1853. The mega-collection is grouped into four sections - Commodore Perry's expeditions; the Treaty ports; internal Westernisation; and the arrival of Western tourists. The resource ...