2 Shang Dynasty Earliest accepted Dynasty. 1700 – 1027 BC. Ancestor worship.Developed the earliest forms of Chinese writing. (Oracle Bones)
3 Zhou DynastyOver threw the Shang Dynasty around 1040 B.C. and lasted till 256 B.C.Introduced the “Mandate of Heaven”Longest Dynasty in Chinese historySociety extremely Feudalistic and aristocratic.Strong Family TiesPatriarchalAncestor Worship
4 Zhou Continued… This was the period of the philosophical schools. ConfucianismTaoismLegalismConfuciusLao TzuLegalism
5 Qin Dynasty221 – 202 BCUnified China and created the first Chinese “Empire”Very legalist & Centralized.Shi Haungdi: First EmperorAnti-Scholar
6 The Tomb of the First Emperor Is famous for the hundreds ofTerra Cotta soldier buried with theEmperor
7 The Qin added to the construction of the Great Wall
8 Han Dynasty206 BC – 200ish ADCombined Both Legalism & returned to Confucian ideals.Scholarship & the Arts flourish under the Han
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