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Year 11 Modern History- Case Studies: Tiananmen Square

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Tiananmen Square 1989 The US National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 16 documents the military action by the Chinese government on pro-democracy demonstrators in and around Tiananmen Square in Beijing in June 1989.

BBC On This Day- Tiananmen Square  A BBC description of the June, 4th 1989 events in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. The article places the event in context and includes a video of the events.

The Tianamen Papers The U.S. Tiananmen Papers from the 'National Security Archive', provide a documented account of the behind the scenes manoeuvring in China and the United States before, during and after the dissident uprising in Beijing in 1989.

Tianamen: The Gate of Heavenly Peace This site provides a tour of Tiananmen Square and highlights its significance. The site also addresses issues, such as democracy, that have arisen in China related to the events of 1989.

Revolution and Evolution in Modern China The Canadian broadcaster CBC has archival footage of the events in Tiananmen Square (Beijing)  in June 1989 as well as other television and radio broadcasts covering the period of Chinese history from 1948-2005.

The Tank Man A PBS website to accompany a TV programme about the Tiananmen Square events in 1989. The website includes a timeline of events, eyewitness accounts, censorship, analysis and in journalist interviews





China's Capitalist Revolution 

Twenty years on from the massacre at Tiananmen Square this series attempts to answer why capitalism contributed heavily to the tragic events of that day. From UK in English and Mandarin.

Tiananmen Square Declassified

This episode of Declassified tells of the birth and death of a movement, and the secret story of how the demonstrators changed China forever.Long synopsis: It started out as China's answer to Woodstock, but it ended like Kent State. Here, using unseen footage and declassified diplomatic sources is the true story of the battles and deaths of 500 young Chinese students: martyrs for democracy at Tiananmen. This episode of Declassified tells of the birth and death of a movement, and the secret story of how the demonstrators changed China forever.

Foreign Correspondent- Tiananmen Australia's Witnesses 

China has changed dramatically since the crackdown and wholesale slaughter in Tiananmen Square 25 years ago. For the first time Australia's embassy staff assemble with their first-hand accounts of the days that stained China.

The Tank Man

 On June 5, 1989, one day after Chinese troops expelled thousands of demonstrators from Tiananmen Square in Beijing, a solitary, unarmed protester stood his ground before a column of tanks advancing down the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Captured by Western photographers watching nearby, this confrontation became an icon of the fight for freedom around the world.



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