Copyright

Ch 5: Ancient India & China

About This Chapter

Improve your understanding of ancient India and China, including the three pillars of Indian society, social classes in early China, the Mongol Empire, and more. If you are preparing for an exam or class discussion, these lessons and quizzes can help increase your confidence by testing your knowledge of the topics beforehand.

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.

11 Lessons in Chapter 5: Ancient India & China
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Ancient India: Indigenous Culture & Outside Influences

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.

Three Pillars of Indian Society: Village, Caste & Family

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.

Indus Valley Civilization: Harappa & Mohenjo-Daro

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.

The Mauryan Empire in India: Rulers & Edicts

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.

The Gupta Dynasty in India: Leaders & Arabic Numerals

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.

Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

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.

Social Class in Early China: Aristocrat, Farmer, Craftsman & Merchant

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.

The Teachings of Confucianism & Taoism

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.

The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism

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.

The Han Dynasty in China: Characteristics, Wu Ti & Xiongnu

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.

The Mongol Empire & Dynasty in China

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Other Chapters

Other chapters within the NES Social Science (303): Practice & Study Guide course

Support