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

TLF ID M006693

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 part of the essay are seven pop-ups; detailed information about three illustrations; and numerous links to journal articles, accounts and diaries of the time.

Educational details

Educational value
  • The illustrated essay by Peter Perdue, Professor of Chinese History at Yale University, shows how a historian can use an online essay format to put forward historical and cultural explanations and support them with rich visual evidence. In this part of the essay, Perdue discusses four major topics: Canton trade; Canton happenings; end of the Canton system; and Hong Kong.
  • The essay and its links provide a wealth of primary and secondary source material that is essential for modern history studies in years 11 and 12 of Western commercial penetration into China, and useful for the year 9 historical depth study of Asia and the world.
  • This collection is also useful for the historical skills aspect of the history curriculum, in particular for developing student understandings about evidence, perspectives and empathy. The visual sources are all from a Western perspective, showing the factories in Canton and the buildings in Hong Kong as the foreign merchants wished them to be seen.
  • Three sets of lesson plans can be accessed through Curriculum in the dropdown menu at the top under 'The rise and fall of the Canton trade system III'. The lesson suggestions focus on the life of a Canton merchant, the China trade in Canton and Hong Kong, and 19th-century American impressions of China. They contain a range of useful questions and tasks, as well as teachers' notes. The lessons are suitable for mid- to senior secondary students and are connected to all three parts of the essay.
Year level

9; 10; 11; 12

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  • Author
  • Person: Peter C. Perdue
  • Description: Author
  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Person: Peter C. Perdue
  • Description: Author
  • Person: Spoilum
  • Description: Artist
  • Publisher
  • Name: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Organization: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
  • URL: http://web.mit.edu/
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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  • Online
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology © 2008 Visualizing Cultures. Creative Commons-Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0.