Ch 18: Dynasties of China

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The lessons in this chapter can help you find out more about various dynastic periods in Chinese history. You can use these lessons, quizzes and other resources to improve your world history grade, catch up if you're behind, or learn for pleasure.

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about dynasties of China for a standard world history course. Topics covered include:

  • Culture, social structure, technology, religion, art and economic development during the Shang Dynasty
  • Achievements, religion, laws, and economic and social structure during the Qin Dynasty
  • Sui Dynasty emperors, inventions and technology, art and religion, as well as the fall of the dynasty
  • Religion, art, poetry, social structure, traditions, emperors and timeline of the Tang Dynasty
  • Government, economy, trade, achievements and fall of the Yuan Dynasty
  • Role of women, social classes, facts and timeline of the Qing Dynasty

28 Lessons in Chapter 18: Dynasties of China
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Shang Dynasty: Technology, Inventions & Achievements

1. Shang Dynasty: Technology, Inventions & Achievements

The Shang dynasty was a mystery until archaeological discoveries happened in the 20th century. Since then, historians have learned a lot about the life of these ancient people. In this lesson, we will focus on their technology, inventions, and achievements.

Shang Dynasty: Religion, Art & Culture

2. Shang Dynasty: Religion, Art & Culture

Many people respect the wisdom of their elders. But what about the wisdom of the dead? This was the wisdom respected most by the people of the Shang dynasty. In this lesson, we will look at beliefs, customs, and other aspects of the Shang society.

Shang Dynasty: Social Structure & Family Life

3. Shang Dynasty: Social Structure & Family Life

For centuries, many considered the Shang dynasty to be a mere myth. However, in the 20th century, archaeological finds gave evidence to their existence. In this lesson, we will look at what the evidence shows about their social structure.

Shang Dynasty: Leaders, Political Structure & Laws

4. Shang Dynasty: Leaders, Political Structure & Laws

In this lesson, you will learn about the origins of the Shang Dynasty. You will also learn about notable political leaders and about how the Shang organized their political system.

Shang Dynasty: Economy & Agriculture

5. Shang Dynasty: Economy & Agriculture

The Chinese term used today for merchant is 'shang ren.' This also translates into 'Shang man.' So, how exactly did the Shang of centuries ago become the icon of businessmen? The following lesson will explore this and other aspects of the Shang economy.

Qin Dynasty: Achievements, Inventions & Technology

6. Qin Dynasty: Achievements, Inventions & Technology

The Qin Dynasty lasted only one generation, yet it made many lasting impacts on China's history. In this lesson, you will learn about the achievements, innovations, and technologies of China's namesake rulers.

Qin Dynasty: Religion, Art & Culture

7. Qin Dynasty: Religion, Art & Culture

The Qin dynasty was one of China's shortest-lived dynasties, lasting only 15 years. Yet, it was also one of the most influential. In this lesson, you'll learn about the religion, art, and culture of the Qin dynasty.

Qin Dynasty: Economy & Political Structure

8. Qin Dynasty: Economy & Political Structure

In this lesson, we'll be looking at Qin Shi, who created the first truly unified China and founded the Qin Dynasty. In this lesson, you will learn about the political and economic structures that made the emperor's success possible.

Qin Dynasty: Social Structure, Laws & Rules

9. Qin Dynasty: Social Structure, Laws & Rules

The Qin Dynasty sought to restructure Chinese society through political, legal, and social reforms. In this lesson, you will learn about the laws and social structure of the Qin Dynasty.

Sui Dynasty: Facts, Timeline & Emperors

10. Sui Dynasty: Facts, Timeline & Emperors

Dynasties, periods where the same family or group ruled, distinguish distinct periods in Chinese history. In this lesson learn about the major events of the Sui Dynasty, the third imperial dynasty in China.

Sui Dynasty: Achievements, Inventions & Technology

11. Sui Dynasty: Achievements, Inventions & Technology

Learn about the dynasty that helped reunify China after a 300 year period of disunity after the fall of the Han Dynasty, and see how this short-lived dynasty made innovations and achievements that helped pave the way for the long-ruling Tang Dynasty.

Sui Dynasty: Religion, Art & Culture

12. Sui Dynasty: Religion, Art & Culture

The Sui Dynasty was one of the shortest in Chinese history, but has a rich history that still influences China in the modern day. If you would like to learn more about the Sui Dynasty, then this lesson is for you.

The Fall of the Sui Dynasty

13. The Fall of the Sui Dynasty

Not every dynasty in Chinese history lasted for centuries. In this lesson, we are going to check out the Sui Dynasty and see what brought this short dynasty to an abrupt end.

Sui Dynasty: Social Structures & Economy

14. Sui Dynasty: Social Structures & Economy

The Sui Dynasty was one of the shortest in Chinese history, but pulled off remarkable feats that still affect China today. If you would like to learn more about the Sui Dynasty, this lesson has what you are looking for.

Tang Dynasty: Facts, Time Period & Rulers

15. Tang Dynasty: Facts, Time Period & Rulers

China has a long history, but not every dynasty was remembered with equal fondness. In this lesson, we'll explore the Tang Dynasty and see why it's often cited as a Chinese golden age.

Tang Dynasty: Achievements, Inventions & Technology

16. Tang Dynasty: Achievements, Inventions & Technology

From 618-907 CE a powerful dynasty known as the Tang ruled over a unified China, during a period widely seen as the pinnacle of Chinese civilization. In this lesson, you will learn about the achievements, innovations, and technology of the Tang dynasty of China.

Tang Dynasty: Religion, Art & Poetry

17. Tang Dynasty: Religion, Art & Poetry

In this lesson, you will gain a basic understanding of art, religion, and poetry during the Tang Dynasty. It was during this dynasty that the Chinese culture began to truly expand these areas.

Tang Dynasty: Government, Economy & Trade

18. Tang Dynasty: Government, Economy & Trade

The Tang dynasty (618-907 CE) is often described as a Golden Age in China's history. How did they gain this reputation? This lesson will discuss three aspects of the Tang achievement: the government, the economy, and trade.

Tang Dynasty: Social Structure & Traditions

19. Tang Dynasty: Social Structure & Traditions

The Tang Dynasty's history reads like a novella, fraught with intrigue and murder, but it also involved numerous reforms and changes in art and religion. Learn more about the traditions and social structure during this 'Golden Age' of China.

Yuan Dynasty: Facts, Timeline & Emperors

20. Yuan Dynasty: Facts, Timeline & Emperors

When was China not ruled by the Chinese? In this lesson, we'll explore this question and see how emperors of the Yuan Dynasty attempted to govern imperial China.

Yuan Dynasty: Achievements, Inventions & Technology

21. Yuan Dynasty: Achievements, Inventions & Technology

If you think the conquests of Genghis and Kublai Khan were the only things to know about the Yuan Dynasty, you have much more to learn about this multifaceted family of Chinese rulers. To learn more, give this lesson a look.

Yuan Dynasty: Religion, Art & Culture

22. Yuan Dynasty: Religion, Art & Culture

This lesson will shed some light on the Yuan Dynasty of China, who ruled for only 97 years. This lesson will also delve into some of the religion, art and culture for this era of China.

How Did the Yuan Dynasty Fall?

23. How Did the Yuan Dynasty Fall?

The Yuan dynasty was powerful, wealthy, impressive, and brief. In this lesson, we'll see how a major dynasty in Chinese history fell less than a century after its inception.

Yuan Dynasty: Social Structure, Economy & Trade

24. Yuan Dynasty: Social Structure, Economy & Trade

The Mongols who ruled China in the 1200s CE established a social structure, and economy, all their own. If you would like to learn more about the Yuan/Mongol Dynastic rule of China, this lesson is just for you.

Qing Dynasty: Facts, Timeline & Emperors

25. Qing Dynasty: Facts, Timeline & Emperors

The last Chinese dynasty only came to an end about one hundred years ago. This lesson will discuss the rise and fall of the Qing Dynasty and its ruling emperors.

Qing Dynasty: Achievements, Inventions & Technology

26. Qing Dynasty: Achievements, Inventions & Technology

You may know about the Qing Dynasty, and the end of imperial China. However, in this lesson you will learn that there was more to the Qing Dynasty than social unrest and Western domination. Keep reading for moreā€¦

Qing Dynasty: Social Classes, Laws & Economy

27. Qing Dynasty: Social Classes, Laws & Economy

If you would like to learn more about the last dynasty of China, the Qing Dynasty, and what brought about its end, this lesson has what you are looking for.

Women in the Qing Dynasty

28. Women in the Qing Dynasty

The Qing Dynasty in China was a time of growth and prosperity in China; however, little social progress was was made in the lives of women. This lesson will examine women within the Qing Dynasty including some of their restrictions and limitations.

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