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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 - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Ancient China


China Today

Chinese Ethnic Groups

Han Chinese - 91% Other 55 ethnic groups- 9%


Mongols Tibetan Hui Manchu

YaoGeography and Early ChinaThe Big IdeaChinese civilization began with the Shang dynasty along the Huang He.

Main IdeasChinas physical geography made farming possible but travel and communication difficult.Civilization began in China along the Huang He and Chang Jiang rivers.Chinas first dynasties helped Chinese society develop and made many other achievements.5Varied 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 worlds largest farming areas.Mountain ranges lie in the west, including the Plateau of Tibet and the Qinling Shandi. 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.Physical Geography6The 4 Old-World River Valley Cultures

NeolithicChinaPeking Man (750,000 500,000 BCE)

SinanthropuspekinesisHuang HeAlso called the Yellow RiverNearly 3,000 miles long across northern ChinaOften floods, and has been referred to as Chinas sorrow because of the destructionChang JiangThe longest river in Asia; also called the Yangzi RiverFlows across central China from Tibet to the Pacific OceanTwo Rivers of China10Yellow River Civilization

FarmingEarly SettlementsFrequent 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.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 potters wheels.Findings at burial sites suggest that the ancient Chinese believed in an afterlife and had a complex social order. Civilization Begins12

Neolithic Pottery

3000 BCE to2000 BCEPan-Gu: Mythical Creator of the Universe

Chung Kuo(The Middle Kingdom)

Ancient China: History Highlights

China was made up of many kingdoms, which had many different dynasties.

The three major Ancient dynasties were the Zhou, Qin, and Han dynasties.Ancient China Begins a Series of DynastiesTheDynasticCycleA new dynasty comes to power.Lives of common people improved;taxes reduced;farming encouraged.Problems begin(extensive wars,invasions, etc.)Taxes increase;men forced towork for army.Farming neglected.Govt. increasesspending; corruption.Droughts,floods,famines occur.Poor looserespect for govt.They join rebels& attack landlords.Rebel bands findstrong leader whounites them.Attack the emperor.Emperor isdefeated !!The emperorreforms the govt.& makes it moreefficient.Start hereHsia (Xia) Dynasty2205-1027 BCE

Xia DynastyLegendary Dynasty--No evidence found until 1959.

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.Xia Dynasty21Yu, the Great Founder of the Hsia (Xia)

Emperor Fuxi Mythical Hsia ruler.

Taught the Chinese how to read and write, according to legend.Hsia Plaque, 1700 BCE

Shang Dynasty1766-1027 BCEBronze Age Empires

Shang: 1523-1028 BCE

The Shang Dynasty Fooled You! No Music!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 Chinas first writing system, complex tools, metal pots, and ornaments.Shang Dynasty29

1500-950 B.C.: Earliest examples of written ChineseSample text in Chinese

TranslationAll 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) Sample of Chinese WritingOracle Bones

Oracle Bones CalendarThe Evolution of ChineseWriting during the Shang

PictographsSemantic-PhoneticsAxe Scepter 1100 BCE - jadeCeremonial Dagger 1028 BCE


Shang Bronzes

Ritual Wine Vessel bronze, 13c BCE

Zhou Dynasty1027 - 256 BCE

The Zhou Dynasty

Western Zhou: 1027-771 BCE

Eastern Zhou: 771-256 BCE

The Zhou Dynasty and New IdeasThe Big IdeaConfucius and other philosophers taught ways to deal with social and political problems in ancient China.

Main IdeasThe Zhou dynasty expanded China but then declined.Confucius offered ideas to bring order to Chinese society.Daoism and Legalism also gained followers.43The 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.The Zhou Political System44As 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.The Warring States Period marked 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.Decline of the Zhou Dynasty45The Analects Leading by ExampleMoral ValuesDisgusted with the rude and insensitive nature of the people around him, Confucius pushed for a return to ethics, or moral values.This code of ethics was passed down and written in a book. These stories focused on morality, family, society, and government.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.Confucianism46Confucius

Confucianism Emperor known asSon of Heaven Said to rule with the Mandate of Heaven

Class of politicaladministrators toassist Emperor Trained in ritual and proper conduct

DaoismDaoism 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. Two Schools of ThoughtLegalismLegalism 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. 48

Lao Tzu (Old Master)Created Taoism

Yin and Yang

Stop thinking and end your problems.

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 tao refers to the law of the universe To Taoists, the tao brings all things into existence and governs them.


Yin and Yang

Ritual Food Vessel, bronze 11c BCE (Western Zhou)

Pendant of a Dancer - jade 3c BCE (Eastern Zhou)

Ritual Wine Vessel 4cbronze, silver, gold, copper

Zhou Coins - bronzeTien MingThe Mandate of HeavenThe leader must lead by ability and virtue.

The dynasty's leadership must be justified by succeeding generations.

The mandate could be revoked by negligence and abuse; the will of the people was important.Qin Dynasty221-206 BCE

The Qin Dynasty

The Qin DynastyThe Big IdeaThe Qin dynasty unified China with a strong government and a system of standardization.

Main IdeasThe first Qin emperor created a strong but strict government.A unified China was created through Qin policies and achievements.59Huangdi Emperor

The Yellow Emperor. Legend has it that he ruled for over 100 years. Associated with the invention of wheeled vehicles, ships, armor, pottery, and silk-making.The Legalist Qin king Yin Zheng took the throne in 221 BC and gave himself the title Shi Huangdi, which means first emperor.He burned all books and writings that dealt with any practice other than Legalism. He created a strict government with harsh punishments.He used his armies to expand the empire and ensured that there would be no more revolts in the new territory. He claimed all power and took land away from the lords. Commoners were forced to work on government building projects.China was divided into districts with their own governors.Shi Huangdi61PoliticsShi Huangdi took complete control of the land and the people.There was a strict chain of command.Taxes and building projects were introduced.CultureShi Huangdi set up a uniform system of law.Rules and punishment, writing styles, and money were consistent across China.Unified ChinaFinanceGold and copper coins were standardized.Uniform weights and measures help standardize trade and other legal issues.62Water SystemsMassive government building projects gave jobs to many poor workers.New roads were built and maintained to provide easy access to and from these buildings.Canals were built to connect rivers and keep tr