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Early Chinese Civilization - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Find out more about social, political and economic life in ancient China through these video lessons, led by experienced instructors. Learn about major ruling dynasties, how they operated and what they accomplished, from erecting the Great Wall of China to developing trade along the Silk Road. Get an overview of Confucianism and the social class structure of the day to put it all in context. In these lessons, you'll learn things like:
- What ancient China was like
- The social class structure in early China
- Characteristics of key Chinese dynasties
- The basics of Confucianism
- The importance of the Silk Road
|Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties||Describe the characteristics of ancient China; include an overview of patriarchy, bureaucracies, the Zhou Dynasty and the Mandate of Heaven.|
|Social Class in Early China: Aristocrat, Farmer, Craftsman & Merchant||Describe the primary levels of social class.|
|Confucianism: Views, Philosophy & Teaching||Discuss who Confucius was and describe his ideas about Chinese society.|
|Jen, Li, and the Five Relationships of Confucianism||Describe the concepts of Jen and Li; state the five relationships of Confucianism and describe their ideal states.|
|The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism||Describe the characteristics of the Qin Dynasty; include key events, places and ideas, like the Great Wall of China and legalism.|
|The Han Dynasty in China: Characteristics, Wu Ti & Xiongnu||Describe the characteristics of the Han Dynasty, including Wu Ti and Xiongnu.|
|The Silk Roads During the Han Dynasty & The Roman Empire||Describe how foreign trade was conducted via the Silk Road and why it was important.|
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.
2. 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.
3. Confucianism: Views, Philosophy & Teaching
In this lesson, we explore the life and teachings of the ancient Chinese thinker, Confucius, as well as discovering the various ways his teachings were used to shape Chinese society after his death.
4. Jen, Li, and the Five Relationships of Confucianism
This lesson will focus on Confucianism's concepts of Jen and Li. In doing so, it will highlight how the religion is often seen as a code of conduct or an ethical system. It will also explain the Five Key Relationships of Confucianism.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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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