The Migration of the Jing:
an investigation into the movement of China's capital, its political boudaries and its population
In this activity you will examine geographic and historic data concerning the movement or migration of China's capital throughout China's major dynasties, China's changing political boundaries and its shifting and expanding population patterns. You will analyze these three data sources and hypothesize a relationship between them. This data will help you identify patterns in Chinas history.
Note: "Jing" is the character for capital as in Beijing (North Capital) and Nanjing (South Capital)
In the process of analyzing the maps and other data, consider the following questions:
Based upon your analysis of the map data, you will produce your own map set which includes (at minimum) a paper base map and four transparent overlays maps. This map set will be, in essence, an illustrated essay. Instead of relying entirely upon writing, in this assignment you will combine words and map information to communicate your answer to a complicated question;
"What is the relationship between capital location,
Just as in a normal essay, in the first page of your document you should present your thesis paragraph which explains the relationship, as you see it. Each of the maps in the map set should display relevant map data and text you have created which supports your thesis.
Both the map information and the text should be clear and concise. Students have, in the past, used many different strategies for organizing and presenting their information. You should be inventive and bold. But be sure to provide clear instructions to the viewer about how to use your map set. The most important guideline to your creativity is to be an effective communicator. Also, include citiations to any historical texts which you use in your essay, footnoting in the same way that you would in a paper. Finally, the map set should end with a concluding paragraph just like an essay.
!!! Remember this is an essay with a thesis, supporting information and a conclusion. The only difference is that in this essay the supporting information is presented in map form.
chronology of Chinese dynasties
map set, population
map set, political
Fairbank, China: a New History
Gernet, A History of Chinese Civilization
(essay) A Geography of China
atlases and maps of China
||Evaluation (100 points):
(20 points) The Wow Factor
(20 points) Nuts and Bolts
(20 points) The National Geographic Award
(20 points) The Thesis Answers the Question
(20 points) Make the Case