Cultural Literacy: Manchu Dynasty

Here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on the Manchu Dynasty, also known as the Qing Dynasty. This is a half-page worksheet with three questions. In other words, it is only a general introduction to the subject of this last imperial dynasty of China.

The Manchu Dynasty is a complicated topic–worthy of a great deal more than a short reading and three questions. It ruled china for almost three hundred years (established in 1636, the dynasty ruled from 1644 to 1912, with a brief restoration in 1917) created the fourth largest empire in world history, and immediately preceded the Republic of China. In other words, the Manchus ruled China in the modern period, and left its stamp on the nation in terms of territoriality. It also, in its decline, suffered the humiliations of the Opium Wars and the indignity of the “unequal treaties” imposed by the British.

So, again, this Manchu Dynasty and its decline in the nineteenth century, presents an opportunity for a case study of Western colonialism and its discontents.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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