Ch 7: Dynasties & Confucianism in Ancient China

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Let us aid in your review of the dynasties of ancient China, their political issues and achievements, including the building of the Great Wall. Get information about Confucius and his teachings.

Dynasties & Confucianism in Ancient China - Chapter Summary

In this chapter's lessons, our expert instructors will go over the events that occurred during China's Shang and Zhou dynasties, and examine the legalism of the Qin Dynasty. You'll also look at why and how the Great Wall was constructed. Trading via the Silk Roads is also explored.

In other lessons, you'll find out more about Confucius and his teachings. After completing this chapter, you should have stronger knowledge of topics including:

  • The building of The Great Wall
  • Characteristics of the Qin Dynasty
  • Wu Ti and Xiongnu
  • The life of Confucius
  • The origins of Confucianism and its influence
  • Confucianism and Taoism
  • The Silk Roads and trade with the Roman Empire

These lively lessons are brief, averaging about five minutes each, and you can watch them whenever your schedule allows, on a computer or mobile device. Self-assessment quizzes follow each lesson and allow you to test your learning. If you still have questions, feel free to contact the instructor for additional help.

7 Lessons in Chapter 7: Dynasties & Confucianism in Ancient China
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Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

1. 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.

The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism

2. 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

3. 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.

Confucius: Biography & Teachings

4. Confucius: Biography & Teachings

The teachings of Confucius have been among the most enduring in history, acting as a guide for literally billions of people. This lesson explains his early life and the inspiration that started it all.

The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence

5. The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence

This lesson will explain the origins of Confucianism by highlighting the life and times of Master Kung, known today as Confucius. In doing so, it will focus on feudalism in China as well as the principle of jen.

The Teachings of Confucianism & Taoism

6. 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 Silk Roads During the Han Dynasty & The Roman Empire

7. The Silk Roads During the Han Dynasty & The Roman Empire

The Silk Roads connected some of the most diverse cultures in history, as well as providing a link between the superpowers of 2,000 years ago. Learn more about the route that connected the Han Dynasty and Imperial Rome.

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