UNIT 9 – Asia’s path to Independence This unit will follow from the Colonial era through modern day 2 countries: China and India. First, we will examine India’s path from a British Colony to an independent state and the largest democracy in the world. After providing context with a short history of colonial India, we will focus on India’s independence movement. This focus will be highlighted by Mohandas Gandhi, the peaceful leader of India’s independence movement. Gandhi’s actions showed the entire world what could be accomplished through peaceful means and provided a model for peaceful protest for ages to come.
It will also explore China’s roller coaster path from crumbling Monarchy to oppressed Japanese territory to Communist Revolution and their rise to World Power. We will contrast Mao’s leadership with that of Gandhi, and explore where they have taken China and India today.
Identify the effects of India’s colonial legacy and China’s western relations on the modern cultures of each nation, and connect to their actions in moving towards modernity.
Summarize the backgrounds of Gandhi and Mao, how that shaped them as leaders, their roles in their respective independence movements, and the effects they’ve had on their countries.
Analyze the interaction of Colonial and native leadership in the moves towards independence/modernity.
Identify and describe the accomplishments and obstacles of modern, independent India and China.