Wang Mang: Confucian Success or Failure?
A document-based teaching unit
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Students investigate primary source documents for a biographical perspective and historical context concerning emperor Wang Mang of the Hsin Dynasty. Students critically and creatively examine the reign and eventual demise of Wang Mang through the enactment of a mock trial, determining whether he was a victim of circumstances or a morally corrupt ruler. Ideals for good government and just rulers, as propounded by Confucius and Mencius, are interwoven throughout the text offering students a standard by which to measure Wang Mang.
Lesson One: Wang Mang’s Dynasty
Lesson Two: The Story of Wang Mang
Lesson Three: Wang Mang on Trial
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