China 1945 – 1975

BBC News

China's lost history of famine and why it is not discussed today

Content

  • Channel: BBC News
  • Format: TV
  • Duration: 02:25

Curriculum connections

Conflict and tension
Mao’s China

Suggested activities

Creative task: create art that reflect China’s famine, similar to the art displayed in the Beijing district of the documentary
Exam style question: Using the art in the clip as a source (or your own choice of sources) pupils should consider the famine in China, and use the knowledge gained from the clip to evaluate them

BBC News

China's Cultural Revolution in posters

Content

  • Channel: BBC News
  • Format: TV
  • Duration: 02:57

Curriculum connections

Conflict and tension
Mao’s China

Suggested activities

Analyse the significance of the posters in the context of the cultural revolution
Exam style question: Treating Paul Crook’s account as a source, answer the question ‘How useful is this source to an historian who wants to understand the Cultural Revolution?’

BBC News

Trial of China's Gang of Four

Content

  • Channel: BBC News
  • Format: TV
  • Duration: 04:47

Curriculum connections

Mao’s death and the rise of Deng Xiaoping

Suggested activities

Write a newspaper report about the trial of China’s Gang of Four in 1980
Exam style question: Explain the impact of Mao’s death

Witness History

A first-person account of being a 'barefoot doctor'

Content

  • Channel: BBC News
  • Format: TV
  • Duration: 04:26

Curriculum connections

Mao’s China
Education and health

Suggested activities

Class debate: ‘Overall, Mao’s communist social policies were successful’
Exam style question: Discuss Mao’s education and health policies

Storyville

Why was a revolution in education and art important for the success of the political revolution?

Content

  • Channel: BBC Four
  • Format: TV
  • Duration: 02:39

Curriculum connections

Mao’s Cultural Revolution

Suggested activities

Drama activity: hot seating
– A is the Mao, B is a Journalist
– Person B will first interview Person A – Person B will ask questions exploring Mao’s possible intentions in his cultural revolution
– After 3 minutes, pupils will swap over – Person A will interview Person B as if Person B is Mao
Exam style question: Use the clips in relation to different sources, and answer the following question: ‘Mao policies were cruel – they did not act in the best interest of the people of china’. How far do you agree with this view?