The shang dynasty 1700-1027 B.C. • The Shang Dynasty lasted almost 600 years (1700-1027 BC.) • There were a total of 30 emperors throughout 17 generations.
Life in the Shang Dynasty •Mostordinary people of the Shang Dynasty lived in thatched roof huts with pounded earth foundations, supported by wooden poles placed in stoned-filled trenches. •The Shang were buried with bronze ritual vessels, weapons, and jade. Bronze vessels were often filled with food and wine to nourish the dead on their trip to the afterlife.
good shang leader -tang- Tang’s family name was Zi and he was given the name Tang. During his time of ruling he overthrew the Xia Dynasty (the previous ruling dynasty.) During his rule, the society was stable and the people were happy with their living conditions.
good shang leader -Pan geng- Pan Geng followed in the footsteps of his father, Zu Ding, and his brother, Yang Jia. He is most well-known for moving the capital of the Shang Dynasty to Yin. Under his rule, the Shang Dynasty was very prosperous and he ruled for an impressive eighteen years.
bad shang leader -Shou (Di Xin)- His family name was Zi and he was given the name Xin. He acted very harshly toward the people of the Shang Dynasty. He ruled for 30 years, and his rule brought the fall of the Shang Dynasty. He was a tyrant, had no regard for moral values, was an alchoholic, used extreme measures to control his court officials, treated the feudal lords disrespectfully, and persecuted his own people with brutality. He plagued the Shang society with a dark, extremely corrupt government administration.
the fall •The Shang Dynasty ended around 1027 B.C. when it was taken over by the state of Zhou. •The dynasty fell due to King Zhou’s excessive drinking, indulgent lifestyle, and immoral behavior.
Agriculture •The Shang Dynasty was based on agriculture, augmented by hunting and animal husbandry. •The Shang Dynasty increased the growth of agriculture (and artisan industry) which promoted a commodity exchange.
wRITING •One of the most important events of the Shang Dynasty was the development of heir writing system. •From their writing, we learn about the lives of people in one of the world’s oldest civilizations. •The Shang dynasty developed a system of writing consisting of over 3,000 symbols. •This writing system has remained in use for over 3,500 years.
Bronze metallurgy • The Shang’s achievement in bronze making, math, and science have affected the entire world. •The Shang Dynasty is generally known as the Bronze Age of China. •Bronze played an important role in the material culture of the time.