The Middle East and Asia: Revolutions in Comparative Perspective
Sherri West
Department of History
Brookdale Community College

This unit examines revolutionary change in 20th century Asia and the Middle East with a view to answering a central question: How can we compare 20th century revolutions in these areas, from their origins to their outcomes? The revolutions in Turkey, China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt and Iran are featured, with a focus on key leaders and groups, motivations, ideologies, specific goals and strategies used, and the impact of these revolutions over time. Using a variety of primary and secondary sources, as well as visual references, instructors and students will find background information, topical questions, and a range of assignments. The topics focus on revolutionary leaders and their goals, the nature of revolution in Asia and in the Middle East, the role of groups and outside interests, the strategies employed by revolutionaries, and the impact of revolution over time.

Poster Politics: The Art of Revolution
Benita Stambler
Empire State College, State University of New York

This one-lesson unit examines Mao Zedong as a revolutionary leader through Chinese propaganda posters from the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976. Both beautiful and powerful, these posters offer students a window on the cult of personality surrounding Mao and its place in the broader context of the Cultural Revolution. The lesson contains student readings and activities as well as introductory materials for the instructor and teaching strategies. It can be used either online or in the classroom.