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Name the steps of the Dynastic Cycle
Old DYnasty-> loss of mandate of heaven-> problems-> New dynasty claims mandate-> new dynasty becomes old...^
(1700 - 1027 BCE)
-First recorded Dynasty (Xia - no written records)
-Ruled by aristocracy
-First Chinese cities, center of court life
-Developed writing, worked with bronze, created silk
-Honored ancestors, used oracle bones
-Shang tyrant emperor overthrown
In the beginning of the Zhou what was the form of government and what was it in the end
-Early: Feudal system, lords had total authority
Who was emperor during the Qin and describe him
Brutal ruler - executed dissenters, burned books
Many enemies, dynasty falls after his death
name the two main achievements of the Qin
Standardized- currency, language, measurements, laws
Great wall- first part
name all the achievements of Han
-Introduced civil service examination (scholar bureaucrats)
-Silk Roads developed, opens trade
-medical treatments (acupuncture)
- agricultural advancements (fertilizers)
Decline of the Han Dynasty?
Nomadic raiders attacked
Corruption spread in government
Collapse of bureaucracy
Warlords control china - no centralized government
Non-Chinese nomads control much of China
Buddhism becomes popular - Confucianism falters
-High taxes, forced labor
-Military failures (couldn't conquer Korea)
-Assassination ends dynasty
Who was the ruler and what was so special about them in the Tang (618 - 907 CE)
Wu Zetian - Only Empress in Chinese history
Why did the Tang decline
Weak emperors, nomadic incursions, economic difficulties
Warlords take control
achievements of the Yuan
Economic stability and prosperity
China more open to trade and travel (Marco Polo)
Decline of the Yuan
Unsuccessful attacks on Japan, corruption weakens dynasty
Peasant rebellion ends Yuan
what were achievements
Rebuilt and extended Great Wall
Collapsed after famines and riots
Increased sea exploration but then there was as sudden stop
Qing 1644 - 1911 CE ruled by
Manchus (from Manchuria) move south
Take Korea, Japan, then China
While in power expand into Burma, Thailand, Laos, Nepal, Vietnam, and Korea.
Would be final Chinese Dynasty
Eventually would be weakened by European / American interventions
The carving of China into Sphere's of Influence leads to the need for revolutionary actions
Puyi will be the last emperor, technically losing his power at age six
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