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History / Year 9 / Historical Knowledge and Understanding

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Curriculum content descriptions

The position of the Asian society in relation to other nations in the world around the turn of the twentieth century (that is 1900), including the influence of key ideas such as nationalism (ACDSEH142)

Elaborations
  • investigating the confrontation between Japan and Western powers (for example, the Russo-Japanese war) and the emergence of Japan as a major world power
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

Imperialism,  Indian history,  Japanese history,  International relations,  Chinese history,  Nationalism,  Indonesian history

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Throwing off Asia I: woodblock prints of domestic 'Westernization', 1868-1912 - essay by John Dower

This is a highly readable and informative historical essay about Japan's internal modernisation and Westernisation by John Dower, Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It contains four chapters and is richly illustrated with 21 Japanese woodblock prints and one Italian lithograph. The chapters ...

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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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The seeds of independence in British-ruled India

Discover the origins of the movement for Indian independence and the response of the British government. In this clip from a 1965 University of the Air program, Hugh Owen of the University of NSW discusses how British rule unintentionally brought about its own demise.

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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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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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Australia's Trade through Time

Using an interactive timeline created by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, this Teacher guide provides 12 series of learning experiences that engage students in the analysis and interpretation of data about Australian trade from 1900 to the present day. Students study videos, tables, images and texts in order ...

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Rise and fall of the Canton trade system II: Macau and Whampoa anchorage, 1700-1860s

This is a collection of online materials about how Western ships engaged in the China trade travelled through the Pearl (Zhujiang) River delta from the Portuguese settlement of Macau to Whampoa. The vehicle for this collection is part II of a three-part illustrated essay about the rise and fall of the 'Canton trade system'. ...

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Rise and fall of the Canton trade system III: Canton and Hong Kong, 1700-1860s

This is a collection of online materials about the foreign traders' enclave in Guangzhou (Canton) in China and the rise of Hong Kong as a trading centre and British colony. The vehicle for this collection is part III of a three-part illustrated essay about the rise and fall of the 'Canton trade system'. Connected to this ...

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Rise and fall of the Canton trade system IV: image galleries

This is a collection of 320 images about Western trade with China in the 18th and 19th centuries and how it was organised through the Canton trade system. The images are organised into four categories: places, people, commodities and ships. The places category includes images of Macau, Canton and Hong Kong. The people category ...

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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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Globetrotters' Japan: people - foreigners on the tourist circuit in Meiji Japan, 1890s

This is a collection of online materials focusing on 19th century photographs of 'traditional' Japanese people, many illustrating aspects of life in the feudal era of Japanese history before 1868. The photographs were intended for international tourists (globetrotters) in the late 1890s. The online materials consist of ...

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Tokyo modern II: Koizumi Kishio's '100 views' - annotations and gallery, 1928-40

This is a second collection of online materials focusing on the 100 woodblock prints produced between 1928 and 1940 by artist Koizumi Kishio that explore the rebirth of Tokyo in the years following the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923. (See also 'Tokyo modern I'.) This collection comprises: 109 prints, including nine revised ...

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Tokyo modern III: '100 views' by eight woodblock print artists, 1928-32

This is a collection focusing on a subscription series of 100 woodblock prints by eight Japanese artists depicting views of modern reconstructed Tokyo after the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake. The prints were produced between 1928 and 1932 with each artist contributing 12 or 13 views. The collection comprises a short introduction ...

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Throwing off Asia I: woodblock prints of domestic 'Westernisation', 1868-1912 - visual narratives

This is a collection comprising two paired sets of text and images that focus on the rapid transformation of Japan following the Meiji Restoration. The first set is titled 'The Meiji Emperor and invention of the Emperor system', and the second 'Technology and industry'. The text introduces the images and gives historical ...

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Felice Beato's Japan: people - an album by the pioneer foreign photographer in Yokohama, c1869 - essay by Alona Wilson

This is a collection of online materials centring on a richly illustrated essay by Alona Wilson. The essay is about the photgrapher Felice Beato and an album of 50 photographs of Japanese people that he compiled about 1869. As well as the essay, the collection includes a glossary of photographic terms, a chronology of Beato's ...

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Selling Shiseido I: cosmetics advertising and design in early 20th-century Japan - essay by Gennifer Weisenfeld

This is a collection of online materials that focus on the cosmetics advertising of the Shiseido company in Japan as a microcosm of trends in Japanese design and society, particularly among women, from the 1920s to the 1940s. The materials centre on a richly illustrated historical essay by Gennifer Weisenfeld. The essay ...

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Globetrotters' Japan: people - foreigners on the tourist circuit in Meiji Japan, 1890s - essay by Allen Hockley

This is a collection of online materials that centre on a richly illustrated historical essay about how Japanese people were represented in photographs intended for the tourist (globetrotter) market of the late 1890s. Linked to various sections of the essay are a video, materials about places on the globetrotters' itinerary ...

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Ned Kelly confronts his judge

How do the lives of Ned Kelly and Redmond Barry reflect the contrasting experiences of those who came to Australia as convicts and free settlers? Kelly was the son of an Irish convict and claimed to be fighting against the injustices of the old world revisited in the new. Barry had arrived in Melbourne as a free Irish immigrant. ...

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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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'Splitters', 1865

This is a coloured print, measuring 19.4 cm x 25.2 cm, by the famous colonial artist Samuel Thomas Gill (1818-80), published in 'The Australian Sketchbook' in 1865. It shows two splitters cutting slabs from the felled trunk of a tree using wedges and mallets. A bullock dray stands nearby, stacked high with slabs, and the ...