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Ancient China

Ancient China. China Today. Chinese Ethnic Groups. Han Chinese - 91%. Other 55 ethnic groups- 9%. Manchu. Tibetan. Miao. Mongols. Hui. Yao. Geography and Early China. The Big Idea Chinese civilization began with the Shang dynasty along the Huang He. Main Ideas

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Ancient China

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  1. Ancient China

  2. China Today

  3. Chinese Ethnic Groups Han Chinese - 91%

  4. Other 55 ethnic groups- 9% Manchu Tibetan Miao Mongols Hui Yao

  5. Geography and Early China • The Big Idea • Chinese civilization began with the Shang dynasty along the Huang He. • Main Ideas • China’s physical geography made farming possible but travel and communication difficult. • Civilization began in China along the Huang He and Chang Jiang rivers. • China’s first dynasties helped Chinese society develop and made many other achievements.

  6. Physical Geography • Varied Landscape • China covers an area of almost 4 million square miles. • The Gobi desert lies in the north. • Low-lying plains in the east make up one of the world’s largest farming areas. • Mountain ranges lie in the west, including the Plateau of Tibet and the QinlingShandi. There was limited contact between people in the east and west. • The weather and temperature vary from cold and dry to wet and humid, and monsoons can bring up to 250 inches of rain each year.

  7. The 4 Old-World River Valley Cultures

  8. Neolithic China

  9. “Peking Man”(750,000 – 500,000 BCE) Sinanthropuspekinesis

  10. Two Rivers of China • Huang He • Also called the Yellow River • Nearly 3,000 miles long across northern China • Often floods, and has been referred to as “China’s sorrow” because of the destruction • Chang Jiang • The longest river in Asia; also called the Yangzi River • Flows across central China from Tibet to the Pacific Ocean

  11. Yellow River Civilization

  12. Civilization Begins Farming • Frequent flooding made the land fertile around the Chang Jiang and Huang He (Yellow) rivers. • Along with farming, the Chinese people hunted, fished, and domesticated animals. Early Settlements • Some small villages along the rivers grew into larger cities. • Separate cultures developed in the north and the south. Over time people learned to dig wells and use potter’s wheels. • Findings at burial sites suggest that the ancient Chinese believed in an afterlife and had a complex social order.

  13. Neolithic Pottery 3000 BCE to2000 BCE

  14. Pan-Gu: Mythical Creator of the Universe

  15. “Chung Kuo”(The “Middle Kingdom”)

  16. Ancient China: History Highlights

  17. Ancient China Begins a Series of Dynasties China was made up of many kingdoms, which had many different dynasties. The three major Ancient dynasties were the Zhou, Qin, and Han dynasties.

  18. A new dynasty comes to power. The emperorreforms the govt.& makes it moreefficient. Start here Emperor isdefeated !! Lives of common people improved;taxes reduced;farming encouraged. TheDynasticCycle Rebel bands findstrong leader whounites them.Attack the emperor. Problems begin(extensive wars,invasions, etc.) Poor looserespect for govt.They join rebels& attack landlords. Taxes increase;men forced towork for army.Farming neglected. Droughts,floods,famines occur. Govt. increasesspending; corruption.

  19. Hsia (Xia) Dynasty 2205-1027 BCE

  20. Xia Dynasty Legendary Dynasty--No evidence found until 1959.

  21. Xia Dynasty • The Xia dynasty might have been founded around 2200 BC, by Yu the Great. • Tales say that Yu dug channels to drain floodwaters and created the major waterways of North China. • Archaeologists have no firm evidence that tales about the Xia dynasty are true.

  22. Yu, the Great – Founder of the Hsia (Xia)

  23. Emperor Fuxi • Mythical Hsia ruler. • Taught the Chinese how to read and write, according to legend.

  24. Hsia Plaque, 1700 BCE

  25. Shang Dynasty 1766-1027 BCE

  26. Bronze Age Empires

  27. Shang: 1523-1028 BCE

  28. The Shang Dynasty Fooled You! No Music!

  29. Shang Dynasty • Established by 1500 BC, the Shang was the first dynasty that there is clear evidence to support. • The Shang reorganized the social order in China: the top ranking was the royals, then nobles, warriors, artisans, farmers, and slaves. • Most citizens lived within the city walls. • Many cultural advances were made, including China’s first writing system, complex tools, metal pots, and ornaments.

  30. 1500-950 B.C.: Earliest examples of written Chinese

  31. Sample of Chinese Writing Sample text in Chinese Translation All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

  32. Oracle Bones

  33. Oracle Bones Calendar

  34. The Evolution of ChineseWriting during the Shang Pictographs Semantic-Phonetics

  35. Axe Scepter – 1100 BCE - jade Ceremonial Dagger – 1028 BCE

  36. ShangUrn

  37. Shang Bronzes

  38. Ritual Wine Vessel – bronze, 13c BCE

  39. Zhou Dynasty 1027 - 256 BCE

  40. The Zhou Dynasty

  41. Western Zhou:1027-771 BCE

  42. Eastern Zhou:771-256 BCE

  43. The Zhou Dynasty and New Ideas • The Big Idea • Confucius and other philosophers taught ways to deal with social and political problems in ancient China. • Main Ideas • The Zhou dynasty expanded China but then declined. • Confucius offered ideas to bring order to Chinese society. • Daoism and Legalism also gained followers.

  44. The Zhou Political System • The Zhou people worked with other tribes to overthrow the Shang dynasty in the 1100s BC. • Zhou leaders believed that their rulers were mandated by heaven, and that heaven would find another leader when necessary. • A new political order was established: the king granted plots of land to lords, who in turn provided soldiers and paid taxes to the king. Poor farmers were granted land as well, and remained under the rule of the lords. • The lords helped Zhou rulers keep control of the dynasty.

  45. Decline of the Zhou Dynasty • As the lords’ power grew, they became uninterested in serving Zhou rulers. Many refused to fight against Zhou enemies. • In 771 BC, the Zhou suffered a loss to invaders. The dynasty survived, but morale weakened, and the Zhou began to fight among themselves. • TheWarring States Periodmarked power struggles between the ruling-class families. • Problems within the government paralleled problems within large family systems, which were breaking down. Bonds of loyalty weakened within even small families, and disorder fell upon China.

  46. Confucianism Disgusted with the rude and insensitive nature of the people around him, Confucius pushed for a return to ethics,or moral values. Moral Values This code of ethics was passed down and written in a book. These stories focused on morality, family, society, and government. The Analects One of the major ideas Confucius put forth for the success of both family and government was leading by example. Confucius believed that when people behaved well and acted morally, they were carrying out what heaven expected of them. Leading by Example

  47. Confucius • Confucianism • • Emperor known as • “Son of Heaven” • • Said to rule with the • “Mandate of Heaven” • Class of political • administrators to • assist Emperor • • Trained in ritual • and proper conduct

  48. Two Schools of Thought • Daoism • Daoism comes from Dao, meaning “the way.” • Daoists believed that people should avoid interfering with nature or each other. • Laozi wrote The Way and Its Power, a book teaching that power and wealth are unnecessary. • Legalism • Legalism is the political philosophy that people need to be controlled. • It is unconcerned with religion or individual thought, and prepared always for war. • Legalists put their ideas into practice throughout China.

  49. Lao Tzu (Old Master) • Created Taoism • Yin and Yang • “Stop thinking and end your problems.”

  50. Taoism • Taoism is a sort of “nature mysticism” • Taoists express joy and amazement over nature • They seek to identify with this nature, which they call “Tao” • In Taoism, the taorefers to the law of the universe • To Taoists, the taobrings all things into existence and governs them.

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