Foundations Period: 10,000 BCE- 600 CE. Foundations: 3 Major Themes. • Man vs. Nature. - Interaction? Role of geography? Attempts to measure/control?. - Change from survival (physical needs) to internal peace (spiritual needs). • Civilizations. - Patterns, developments.
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Foundations Period:10,000 BCE- 600 CE
Foundations: 3 Major Themes
• Man vs. Nature
- Interaction? Role of geography? Attempts to measure/control?
- Change from survival (physical needs) to internal peace (spiritualneeds)
- Patterns, developments
- Rise-fall of empires: why? consequences?
• Sources of Change
- Invention, innovation, adaptation; iron, wheel
Nomadic - temporary homes
Leaders based on age, strength,
Men are herders/males dominated
Organized in small clans- 20-30
Organized into large Bands
Led by strongest male
Split into blood/clans- rivalries developed
Belief in afterlife. Buried dead with
Worship gods of storm, war
tools and weapons
Respect for family, courage
Sculptures, pictograms, cave
Domestication of animals - subject matter
for art, hides for clothing and shelter
Daggers, spears, hammers, bow
Fire is sacred, chariots were developed
and arrow, fire, digging sticks
Hunters and gatherers
Little surplus of goods except cattle - split
as size of clans grew
Limited personal belongings
1. Hunting and gathering: Small bands of 20-30people. Gender equality because both contributedto survival
2. Mostly Nomadic but some Permanentsettlements were established in areas withabundant food resources (grains, fish).
3. Neanderthal Man: First fully modern humanbeings-physically and mentally. Belief in afterlife,buried dead
4. Cro-Magnon man: Interested in fashion and art.Humansduringthisperiodfoundshelterincaves.Cavepaintingswereleftbehind.
1. Food surplus lead to population boom
2. Permanent settlements and
communities develop. Idea of privateproperty
3. Development on farming technology, art,architecture, language, job specialization,irrigation, etc.
4. Development of cities.
Economic SystemsOrganized religion
•Successful agriculture, irrigationsystems
•Use of wheel
•12 month calendar
•Polytheistic: The Gods wereAnthropomorphic.
•“King of the four quarters of the
• Centralized bureaucratic government
• System of taxation
• First written code of laws
extract iron fromore and were the
•Built militaryroads to movetroops quickly.
first to maketools and
weapons of iron.
•Belief in Judaism, firstmonotheistic faith
• Ten commandments
Walk Like an Egyptian
•Rich soil, gentle annual flooding
• Led by Pharaoh - leader with totalpower
•water management, pyramids,astronomy, hieroglyphs,mummification, calendar, gold
•Women rulers, buy, sell property,inherit, will property, dissolvemarriages, still subservient to men
• Hierarchy: pharaoh, priest, nobles,merchants, artisans, peasants, slaves
•Conquered by (1100 BCE)
China: Shang on the Huang
Shang: 1700-1100 BCE
• Stable agri-surplus, trade-centered
• N. China, walled cities, strong army,chariots
• “The Middle Kingdom” World View
• Bronze, pottery, silk, decimalsystem, calendar
• Patriarchal, polytheistic, ancestorveneration, oracle bones
• Aristocrats and bureaucrats directed the work and life of the Shang.
• Warfare a constant feature.
• Most commoners worked as semi free serfs in agriculture. Otherswere artisans, craftsmen.
It’s Zhou Time!
• Replaced Shang around 1100BCE
• Ruled 900 years, kept customs,traditions
• Mandate of Heaven
• Feudal system, nobles gained,bureaucracies, war amongstfeudal kingdoms, collapse 256BCE
Established early forms of feudalism in which the King gave large
tracts of land to loyal leaders who became lords. These lords providedthe king with military forces in exchange for the land.
Indus Valley: 3300 - 1700 B.C.E.
• Outside contact more
limited - moutains
• Kyber Pass connection tooutside
• Twin Cities of Harrappa,Mohenjo-Daro
• Master-planned, water
system, strong central
gov’t, polytheistic, writtenlanguage
• Pottery, cotton, cloth
• Cities abandoned, reasonunknown
• Aryans arrive 1500 BCE
• From Caucasus Mtns.
• Nomads who settled
• Vedas, Upanashads basis
• Caste system
• warriors, priests, peasants
• later re-ordered: Brahmins
(priests), warriors,landowners-merchants,peasants, untouchables(out castes)
• Olmecs (Mexico), Mayans
(Mexico/Guatemala), and Chavin Cult(Andes) developed similarly to RiverValley Civilizations: urbanization,polytheistic, irrigation, writing,calendar, monumental buildings, socialstructure, city-states.
• The point: Similar pattern of
development in different part of earth,no contact
• The difference: No major river. Had toadapt to rainforest and mountains.
Beliefs, Practices, Holy Books
ChinaFounded by Confucius (Kong Fu Tse)500 B.C.E.Political-social philosophy, not religion
As a ethical, social,political belief system itwas compatible withother religions, couldpractice Buddhism andConfucianism
Spread toMoral, ethical, also practical - The AnalectsJapan,Five Right relationships = right society: Parent to
S.E. AsiaChild (Filial Piety), Ruler to Subject, Older to
Younger, Husband to Wife, Friend to Friend.Education is valuable and everyone should be ableto get one. Become a gentleman.
Embraced by Han, Tang,Song, Ming Dynasties.Civil Service Exam
Put aside personal ambition for good of state
Beliefs, Practices, Holy Books
Founded by Lao-tzu, philosopherDao = “The Way” (of nature/cosmos)
Self-sufficient communitiesCounter to Confucian activism
Wu wei- non-doing, harmony with natureEternal principles, passive, yielding.
Emphasis on harmony w/ natureleads gains: astronomy, botany,chemistry
Like water, yet strong, shaping.Yin-Yang - symbol of balance in nature
Co-existed w/Confucianism,Buddhism, Legalism
Added to complexity of Chineseculture
Beliefs, Practices, Holy Books
Accomplished swiftreunification of China.Completion of projectslike the Great Wall.Caused widespreadresentment among
Founded by Han Feizi
The Q’in Dynasty- Shi Huangdi
Peace & order through centralized, tightly controlledstate
Mistrust of human nature; reliance on tough lawsPunish those who break laws, reward those whofollow
common people, led towider acceptance ofConfucianism-Daoism.
2 most worthy jobs: farmer, soldier
-creating orderly society
-active relationships, active gov’t
-To guide relationships
-Social belief systems, not religions
-People are fundamentally good
-Intended to create orderly society
- harmony with nature, internalpeace
- Simple, passive life
- Little gov’t interference– To guide individual in meditation
Geography of China
Geography of India
Geography of Mesopotamia