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Evaluating Sources: Imperialism, The Opium War, and Unequal Treaties
Evaluation Question: Which source would help one answer the Big Question the most
effectively and accurately?
Big Question: Why did China experience a power shift in the 1800’s?
Directions: Analyze the videos’ SOAP information and then complete the Tone QuIC part before, during, and
after the videos. Evaluate the sources in order to determine which source would help one answer the question
in the most accurate and well-informed way.
Mankind: The Story of All of Us
Episode 3 of 11
Chinese Imperialism segment
Episode 4 of 5
“Making a Fortune”
Chinese Imperialism
Crash Course History
Crash Course World History video #35
Chinese Imperialism segment
The History Channel mini series
British Broadcasting
Company documentary
mini series
Crash Course History YouTube Series
Part of the Arts and Entertainment
(A&E) Networks owned by American
Broadcasting Company (ABC), Disney,
and The Hearst Corporation
British Broadcasting
Company is a
mission is to inform,
educate, and entertain.
Based on the book,
"Empire: what ruling the
world did to the British."
Series and book by British
historian and writer
Jeremy Paxman.
The history part of the series is by John
Green, author and video blogger.
YouTube description: “Tons of awesome
courses in one awesome channel” Green
describes on his channel that, “We are
just trying to create educational content
in the hopes it will be useful to
people…Because learning should be fun”
Broadcast on the History Channel in
2012 in the US, UK, Asia, Italy.
Available online.
Broadcast on the BBC in
2012 in the UK. Available
Posted online September 20, 2012 on
Crash Course YouTube Channel.
History Channel’s description of
Mankind: The Story of All of Us series
Mankind: The Story of All of Us is an
epic 12-hour television event about
the greatest adventure of all time—
the history of the human race…From
there unfolds a fast-paced story told
here through key turning points—
stepping stones in our journey from
hunter-gatherer to global citizen. It’s a
tale of connections—why some ideas
take hold and spread around the
globe, and how the lives of people in
one part of the world are shaped by
events in another...
BBC’s description of
Empire series
Empire is a 2012 BBC and
Open University coproduction, written and
presented by Jeremy
Paxman, charting the rise
of the British Empire from
the trading companies of
India to the rule over a
quarter of the world's
population and the legacy
in the modern world.
History Channels’ description of
“Revolutions” Opium War segment
BBC’s description of
“Making a Fortune”
Crash Course’s description of
The widespread use of opium in China
yielded high profits for British
exporters while crippling the Chinese
economy, ultimately erupting into the
Opium War.
Jeremy Paxman continues
his personal account of
Britain's empire... Jeremy
then heads to Hong Kong,
where British-supplied
opium threatened to turn
the Chinese into a nation
of drug addicts - leading to
the brutal opium wars, in
which Britain triumphed
and took the island of
Hong Kong as its prize.
“Imperialism” is a video in which John
Green teaches you about European
Imperialism in the 19th century. European
powers started to create colonial empires
way back in the 16th century, but
businesses really took off in the 19th
century, especially in Asia and Africa.
During the 1800s, European powers
carved out spheres of influence in China,
India, and pretty much all of Africa. While
all of the major (and some minor) powers
in Europe participated in this new
imperialism, England was by far the most
dominant, once able to claim that the
"sun never set on the British Empire."
Also, they went to war for the right to
continue to sell opium to the people of
China. John will teach you how these
empires managed to leverage the
advances of the Industrial Revolution to
build vast, wealth-generating empires…
Crash Course YouTube Channel
The Crash Course staff indicate that the
videos would be useful for educators to
use with their students, students studying
the topics, or people who just want to
Reflection and Conclusions
What are some important similarities you see between the different sources’ SOAPSTone QuICs?
What are some important differences you see between the sources’ SOAPSTone QuICs?
What questions do you have about the sources’ validity and applicability (relevance) to the question? What are
possible issues?
Which source(s) would you use for evidence to answer the big question “Why did China lose power in the 1700s1800s and what role did geography play?” Why?
Mankind: The Story of All of Use
Britain’s rise of power due to geography
China’s loss of power due to geography
Crash Course