The following activities offer some ideas for ways to use the Asian Revolutions in the Twentieth Century website in the classroom. See also the Student Activities sections of The Middle East and Asia: Revolutions in Comparative Perspective and Poster Politics: The Art of Revolution.
What Makes a Good Leader?
Set up a panel with individual students or groups of students representing a particular revolutionary leader. Have students discuss their leadership qualities, the quality of their ideas, and why they were successful. This activity can also be done online.
Revolution: Violent vs. Non-violent
Set up a debate: Mao and Ho (and possibily Lenin) on one side, Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi on the other. Debate the merits of violent vs. non-violent revolution.
Communist World Leaders
Compare Mao Zedong and Ho Chi Minh to Fidel Castro and Lenin. Use the Communist Manifesto as background: http://www.anu.edu.au/polsci/marx/classics/manifesto.html
Leaders of China
Use the Mao Zedong Online Resources page to compare his ideas to those of other leaders of China. For comparisons, use:
The Salt March and the Long March
Political Culture of Asia
Have students read about Mao, Ho, Gandhi and Aung San Suu Kyi. Then, read current articles about life in China, Vietnam, India, and Burma. Have them note enduring reference to these leaders.