Asia Education Foundation

The Power of One - The Power of Many: Nation Building

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This unit focuses on the stories of Mahatma Gandhi and Mao Zedong. It is also a model for studying other political leaders, such as Ho Chi Minh and Aung San Suu Kyi. Students will learn about how people become leaders, how they inspire others to come together and live as nations.

In Asia, the stories of nation building include mythic legends and true sagas of long struggles against colonial powers. There are tales of inspired leadership, and proud accounts of national rebirth from the wreckage of war or revolution. These stories illuminate startling differences and striking similarities in the nation-building experiences of different countries.


Index

Unit Overview

Stage of Schooling

Year 9

Learning Focus

Historical knowledge and understanding - Depth study:

  • Australia and Asia : Asia and the world

Historical skills: Analysis and use of sources

 

Elaborations

Please see the attached alignment document.

Resources

Accessing the Learning Federation materials:

The Learning Federation provides teachers with online learning objects. Teachers will need to contact their State/Territory representative to register and gain access to these objects. The process for accessing learning objects is further explained on The Learning Federation's website, www.thelearningfederation.edu.au.

Focus questions

What is a nation? What is meant by the term 'nation building'? Who were some of the powerful nationbuilders in Asia and why were they successful?

Overview

In Asia, the stories of nation building include mythic legends, sagas of long struggles against colonial powers, stories of adaptations and borrowings from others, tales of inspired leadership, and proud accounts of national rebirth from the wreckage of war or revolution. They are stories which capture both startling differences and clear similarities in the nation-building experience (see p40 of Cross Currents).

This unit focuses on the stories of Mahatma Gandhi and Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-Tung); however, the model could be used to explore other political leaders, e.g. Ho Chi Minh and Ang Sung Su Chi. It provides opportunities for students to widen their understanding of how people become leaders and inspire others to come together and live as nations, and how narratives and other historical genres can be used by teachers to help students make sense of history.

Duration

This unit should be completed over five weeks with two one-hour blocks per week.