China Pt. 1

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Rivers
Yellow [Huang He] and Yangtze [Chiang Jang]
loess
yellow silt, washed up in Yellow River
Silk production
continuity - begins ~ 3000 BCE
Economy
mostly agriculture; some skilled people make pottery, carve jewelry, or make tools & weapons
Bronze
monopoly on production of __
Ideograms
pictographic writing used in china; 1st writing
ancestor veneration
asking ancestors for advice from the gods, made offerings to them
Mandate of Heaven
The ruler is given the right to rule by the gods
Feudal system
form of central government where the king has a chain of command, giving a portion of the wages to everyone on the chain, weak because some people would take or keep extra
ethno-centric
the belief that one's ethnicity is the best above all others
gender roles
girls are raised from birth to believe that they are below men and inferior, and they live only to serve their husbands by bearing them sons, doing the chores, and being completely obedient
Himalayas & Gobi desert; ethno-centric views
reasons for isolation
"middle kingdom"
believed they were at the center of everything
Dynastic Cycle
pattern where dynasties rise w/ Mandate of Heaven, become corrupt, & are overthrown to create a new dynasty
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