International School History - European Schools - S7 4 hour option

S7 4hr History Last update - 17 May 2023 Official European School History S7 Syllabus: English, French, German
Europe and the World since 1945


China since 1949

S7 4 period


15 lessons

1.  How did a new communist state emerge in Asia?


2.  What differences were there between the Chinese and Soviet systems?


3.  Did the opening up of China’s economy end the Communist model?

·    Why did the Communists come to power in China in 1949?

·    How far did China model itself on the Soviet Union initially?

·    Why did China take a different direction so quickly?


·    What was Maoism?

·    In what ways was it similar to the Soviet communism?



·    Why was there an economic liberalisation after 1976?

·    Why was there no change in the political system?

·    How has society changed in China?



Key Words

People’s Republic of China, USSR, Planned economy, Heavy Industry, Communism, Nationalism, Dictatorship, Stalinism, Destalinisation, Maoism, Mass mobilisation, Deng Xiaoping,  Socialist Market Economy, Glasnost, Perestroika


Possible Reference Points

Founding of the PRC (1949), Death of Stalin (1953), Agrarian Reform Law (1950), Marriage Reform Law (1950), First Five Year Plan (1953-57), Great Leap Forward (1958-62), Cultural Revolution (1966-69), Death of Mao (1976), Tiananmen Square (1989), Dissolution of the USSR (1991), Transfer of Hong Kong (1997) and Macao (1999), OMC (2001), Beijing Olympics (2008)

Syllabus Links

·6.4F · 7.4A



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