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China and Japan Between 1860 and 1912 (NCTA 2022 Seminar)

Between the years of 1860 and 1912 Japan and China went through tectonic shifts in every measurable category. Teachers joined Dr. Shelton Woods from Boise State University for an online seminar to explore this uniquely interesting and consequential period of history. Topics included the Taiping Rebellion, China’s Self-Strengthening Movement, the Boxer Rebellion, the Sino-Japan War of 1894-95, the Meiji Restoration, the Russo-Japan War, and much more.

Participants watched three lectures at their convenience each week beginning January 24, 2022 (approximately 35 minutes each) and completed about ninety minutes of work (reading and writing) each week, for a total of about 15 hours (plus an optional hour on Zoom on February 28, 2022).

Here’s an introductory video about this program, made by Professor Woods.

The seminar was offered to K-12 educators free of charge thanks to a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation to the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), and it was sponsored by the University of Washington’s East Asia Resource Center in partnership with Boise State University.


Participants were expected to attend asynchronous online lectures three times a week beginning January 24 through February 28 (2022). There was also one optional live event on February 28, 2022, from 4 PM to 6 PM Pacific Time.

Program Leader

Dr. Shelton Woods lead this program. Dr. Woods is a Professor of East/Southeast Asian History at Boise State University.

Programs Benefits

  • Numerous books and classroom materials
  • Access to 15 online lectures
  • $100 check for additional classroom resources
  • 20 free WA OSPI clock hours