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British Imperialism: Traditional Chinese Culture

Year 9 Histroy

Finding Resources in Oliver


Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS..



In the last 20 years China has risen to the second largest economy in the world but very little is remembered about the turbulent interaction between China and the Western powers throughout the nineteenth century. Questions such as how did Christianity and Confucianism affect political thought and social systems? Why did the industrial revolution not take place in China, despite its many early inventions? Examine the first economic and military encounters between the British and Chinese Empires. Today, these past lessons can serve as powerful insight for what the future might bring for China and the rest of the world.


Our hosts discover the strength of the earth, how to measure it and figure out where they are going to? Plus de-mystifying an ancient Chinese abacus and how it beats a calculator hands down.


Introduction to the Chinese language, culture and way of life. Mandarin.

You Tube

History Channel Documentary | Ancient China Dynasties of Power


Chinese Culture and Tradition

Ancient China

China is one of the Four Ancient Civilizations (alongside Babylon, India and Egypt), according to Chinese scholar Liang Qichao (1900). It boasts a vast and varied geographic expanse, 3,600 years of written history, as well as a rich and profound culture. Chinese culture is diverse and unique, yet harmoniously blended — an invaluable asset to the world.

Our China culture guide contains information divided into Traditions, Heritage, the arts, Festivals, Language, and Symbols.