<ul><li>In 2200 BC a series of dynasties began to rule China. </li></ul><ul><li>Dynasty : a series of rulers from the same family. </li></ul><ul><li>The first family that ruled were the Xia . </li></ul><ul><li>The first ruler of the Xia was Yu the Great. </li></ul>
The Zhou introduced a new system of government called feudalism . The king would grant land to war leaders called lords, and in return they would have to give their loyalty to the king and provide military support. The lords would grant land to farmers, and in return they would have to work some of the land for the lords and serve in their armies.
Emperor Nobles Nobles Farmers Farmers Gives land to nobles Gives land to the farmers Zhou Feudal Society
Emperor Nobles Nobles Farmers Farmers Farmers farm for the lords and serve in their armies Give their loyalty and provide military support Zhou Feudal Society
Zhou Social Order Emperor Lords ( landowners) Farmers or Peasants
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