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.