Early China

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Early China

  1. 1. River Valley Dynasties in China
  2. 2. <ul><li>Geography </li></ul><ul><li>Huang He and Yangtze rivers </li></ul><ul><li>Plateau of Tibet </li></ul><ul><li>Gobi Desert </li></ul><ul><li>Mongolian Plateau </li></ul><ul><li>Himalaya Mountains </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Flooding of Huang He </li></ul><ul><li>Isolation </li></ul><ul><li>Settlements </li></ul><ul><li>Walled cities, fancy palaces </li></ul><ul><li>Timber framed homes in city </li></ul><ul><li>Social Classes </li></ul><ul><li>Warrior nobles and peasants </li></ul><ul><li>Role of Family </li></ul><ul><li>Central authority in society </li></ul><ul><li>Elders had privilege, women inferior </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Religious Beliefs </li></ul><ul><li>Spirits of family ancestors </li></ul><ul><li>Supreme and lesser gods </li></ul><ul><li>Used oracle bones to “talk” to gods </li></ul><ul><li>Writing System </li></ul><ul><li>Many complex characters, did “unify” </li></ul><ul><li>Each one represents and idea </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Weapons </li></ul><ul><li>Religious items, coins </li></ul><ul><li>Bronze and iron </li></ul><ul><li>Art </li></ul><ul><li>Silk clothing </li></ul>

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