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Han China. Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220). Pinnacle of Chinese power & prosperity Est. by a peasant named Liu Bang Wudi – “martial emperor” – expanded the empire through warfare Strong central govt. where people got jobs based on their education

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han dynasty 206 bc ad 220
Han Dynasty(206 BC – AD 220)
  • Pinnacle of Chinese power & prosperity
  • Est. by a peasant named Liu Bang
  • Wudi – “martial emperor” – expanded the empire through warfare
  • Strong central govt. where people got jobs based on their education
  • Encouraged assimilation(conquered peoples become a part of Chinese culture)
han achievements
Han Achievements
  • App. eastern equivalent to Roman Empire
  • Invented paper, collar harness, wheelbarrow, water-mills
  • Traded with the west over the Silk Road
  • Govt. ran businesses- salt, iron, coinage, silk
  • Confucian civil service exams
    • Anyone could take them – but very difficult
    • Used for govt. appointments until AD 1912
liu bang
Liu Bang
  • 206-195 BCE
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Wudi
  • 141-87 BCE
economic prosperity
Economic Prosperity
  • Iron production soared under state control
  • Sericulture (the manufacture of silk) gained ultimate importance because it was better than anywhere else in Asia
  • Paper products were invented
  • Nautical devices such as the ship’s rudder
patriarchal social order
Patriarchal Social Order
  • Ban Zhao
    • Most famous female scholar in Chinese history
    • Lessons for Women
      • Education should be for all
      • Female virtues: humility, obedience, subservience, devotion to males