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Ancient India & China - Chapter Summary
With this chapter on ancient India and China, you can review the three pillars of Indian society, China's Qin Dynasty, and the beginnings of the Hindu faith. You can also gain an understanding of China's Han Dynasty as well as Confucianism and Taoism. By the end of the chapter, you should feel confident and able to:
- Discuss how the Harappan culture mixed with the Aryans
- Explain the caste system in Indian society
- Recall where the Indus Valley civilization was located
- Discuss the government and economy of India's Mauryan Empire
- Explain the decline and disappearance of India's Gupta Dynasty
- Recount accomplishments of the Shang and Zhou Dynasties
- Detail the rigid class structure of the ancient Chinese world
- Explain how the Mongols were able to conquer China
The chapter aims to be both fun and engaging. A brief quiz is attached to the lessons so that you can test your knowledge of ancient India and China. Each video lesson includes a full written transcript that you can print.
1. Ancient India: Indigenous Culture & Outside Influences
This lesson will explore the history of ancient India. It will focus on the Harappan culture, their mixing with the Aryans, and the beginnings of the Hindu faith.
2. Three Pillars of Indian Society: Village, Caste & Family
This lesson will explain the three pillars of Indian society. They are the village, the caste system, and the family. In doing so, it will explore the different individual castes as well as describing joint families.
3. Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro
In this lesson, we will explore the mysterious Indus Valley civilization, which was located in modern Pakistan and reached its high point between about 2500 BCE and 1900 BCE.
4. The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts
In this lesson, we will study India's Mauryan Empire. We will learn about its rulers, explore its government and economy, delve into its religious life, and examine its decline and disappearance.
5. The Gupta Dynasty in India: Leaders & Arabic Numerals
In this lesson, we will explore India's Gupta dynasty. We will learn about its founding and expansion, discover the achievements of its people, and examine its decline and disappearance.
6. Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties
In this lesson, we will study the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. We will pay close attention to the founding, major accomplishments and characteristics, and decline of these dynasties.
7. Social Class in Early China: Aristocrat, Farmer, Craftsman & Merchant
In this lesson we'll explore the various social classes of the ancient Chinese world which existed in an extremely rigid class structure inspired by the teachings of Confucius.
8. The Teachings of Confucianism & Taoism
Confucianism and Taoism were the guiding philosophies for many Chinese people for hundreds of years. But, how can two philosophies both work when they are often reaching different conclusions? This lesson explains how.
9. The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism
In this lesson, we will explore the short-lived but powerful Qin Dynasty of China. We will examine the dynasty's founding, life under Qin rule, the Qin legacy, and the downfall of the Qin.
10. The Han Dynasty in China: Characteristics, Wu Ti & Xiongnu
In this lesson, we will explore China's Han dynasty. We will discover the ups and downs of its history and learn about some of its major characteristics and accomplishments.
11. The Mongol Empire & Dynasty in China
The Mongol Empire was the second-largest empire in history, and the largest ever seen up until its time. This lesson explains how the Mongols were able to conquer China, as well as innovations that allowed them to conquer other regions, before concluding with a discussion on the Yuan Dynasty.
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