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WCF.M4.L8 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Analyze how communism spread in the post-WW II era and the impact of that spread.
  • Describe the process of transformation that occurred in China following the communist victory.
  • Explain the phenomena associated with China’s Cultural Revolution, and its impact.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 32-33Lesson 08 Introduction

  • General

  • Realities of living under communism in rural China, as seen first-hand by one of the first Westerners to do research when China began to open after Mao’s death.
  • Tucker: From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya
  • 402-406Betty and John Stam and the Chinese Martyrs

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 250-251Southeast Asia since 1920

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 456-461China’s Response to Western Dominance

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 33-36Lesson 08 Review

  • Optional
  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 216-217Communism/Marxism

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 252-255China: Hong Kong
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • What effect did the rapid spread of communism have on international relations and on development in specific regions or countries in the first three post-war decades?

  • How in the world did the Chinese communists manage to change China so quickly and thoroughly from a traditional society to a modern marxist socialist nation? (or did they?) Should development workers today draw on some of their methods?

  • What and why was the Cultural Revolution in China? What impact did it have on governmental and other institutions? on the younger generation?