Topic 6, China 1911-49


  • In what ways, and with what consequences, did Yuan Shikai (Yuan Shih-k’ai) betray the 1912 Chinese Republic?
  • “The Long March (1934 –1935) was a retreat that changed the destiny of China.” To what extent do you agree with this statement?
  • Analyse the factors that led to the rise of warlordism in China in the period from 1911 to 1926.
  • “The Nationalists failed to attend to China’s urgent problems.” Examine the nature of these problems between 1926 and 1937. To what extent do you agree that these failures led to the eventual downfall of the Nationalists?
  • To what extent was the May Fourth Movement (1919) significant in determining the future of China?
  • To what extent did Jiang Jieshi’s (Chiang Kai-shek’s) government address the problems facing China in the period between 1927 and 1937?



Topic 10, China 1949-2000


  • “Mao Zedong’s (Mao Tse-tung’s) foreign policy aimed to ensure the security and unity of China.” To what extent do you agree with this statement?
  • Evaluate the economic developments in China under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping (Teng Hsiao-p’ing) between 1976 and 1997.
  • Describe the problems faced by Mao and the Chinese Communist Party in China between 1949 and 1959. To what extent were they able to solve these and establish China on a sound footing?
  • “A strange mixture of economic reform and political rigidity characterized Deng Xiaoping’s (Teng Hsiao-p’ing’s) (1976–1997) rule in China.” To what extent do you agree with this statement?
  • “An absolute monster or a great visionary – or both.” Discuss this assessment of Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung) in the period from 1949 until his death in 1976.
  • For what reasons, and with what results until 1976, did relations between China and the Soviet Union break down in the late 1950s?



Topic 11, Asia 1945-2000


  • In what ways, and for what reasons, did Korea become the focus of international tensions between 1950 and 1953?
  • Analyse the factors that contributed to successful economic growth in one country of the region, except China, since 1945.
  • Analyse the factors that contributed to the economic success of Japan in the second half of the twentieth century.
  • Explain how the Korean peninsula was divided by 1953, and what the consequences were for the Korean people and the region until 1960.
  • Discuss the importance of globalization in creating economic, cultural and social change in one country of the region during the second half of the twentieth century.