About This Chapter
Early Civilization in China - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Discover what life was like for lower and upper classes in ancient China. Meet some key ancient Chinese emperors, including those belonging to the Shang, Zhou, Qin and Han dynasties. Explore the life, thoughts and world of Confucius, and become familiar with his code of conduct. Travel along the 5,000-mile Silk Road that ran between ancient China and the Roman Empire, and experience some of its trade obstacles and rewards. When you've finished watching the videos and taking the self-assessment quizzes, you should be familiar with
- Founders and noteworthy members of ancient Chinese dynasties
- Major achievements and unique characteristics of ancient Chinese dynasties
- The levels and structure of ancient Chinese society
- Ethics and relationships associated with Confucianism
- Cultural and trade importance of the Silk Roads
|Early Chinese Civilization in the Huang-He River Valley||Learn about how Chinese civilizations originated during the Shang Dynasty.|
|How Geography Isolated Ancient China||Examine the geographic features of China and how they encouraged the cultural and economic isolation of ancient China.|
|Confucius: Biography & Teachings||Study the life of Confucius.|
|The Founding of Confucianism: Overview & Influence||Discuss the influence of Confucius and his philosophy on ancient China, especially his thoughts on Chinese society.|
|The Teachings of Confucianism & Taoism||Understand the fundamentals of Confucianism and Taoism.|
|Political & Cultural Issues in Confucius' Time||Address how Confucius tried to approach the problems in politics and culture that were rampant during his lifetime.|
|Unification of Northern China under Shi Huangdi of the Qin Dynasty||Determine the significance of Shi Huangdi's reign.|
|Political Contributions of the Han Dynasty||Describe the reigns of Emperors Liu Bang, Wu Ti and other members of the Han Dynasty, including Wu Ti's military victory over the Xiongnu, educational and trade achievements and use of paper.|
|The Silk Roads During the Han Dynasty & The Roman Empire||Explain how the Silk Roads facilitated trade between China and the Roman Empire, including challenges and opportunities.|
1. Early Chinese Civilization in the Huang-He River Valley
Although Chinese civilization developed along rivers much like cultures in Mesopotamia and Egypt, the idea of royal power took a completely different direction. Learn how the Mandate of Heaven ruled all in Ancient China.
2. How Geography Isolated Ancient China
Unlike many other ancient cultures, China was effectively isolated from many other early civilizations. Geography played a huge role in this isolation - this lesson will help you learn how.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Political & Cultural Issues in Confucius' Time
Despite the best efforts of the Zhou, China soon had too many unemployed people for its own good and society became chaotic. Learn how Confucius helped pull China out of 400 years of strife in this lesson.
7. Unification of Northern China under Shi Huangdi of the Qin Dynasty
After several hundred years of strife and chaos, one man from the Qin state was able to unify China. This lesson details the life of Shi Huang Di, as well as the downfall of his Qin dynasty.
8. Political Contributions of the Han Dynasty
The Han Dynasty's impact on Chinese history is almost impossible to understate. This lesson provides details as to the organization of the Han, as well as how they were able to grow increasingly powerful.
9. 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.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 160 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 within the World History: Middle School course
- Paleolithic Era to the Agricultural Revolution
- Civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt & Kush
- The Ancient Hebrews
- Ancient Greek Civilization
- Early Civilization in India
- The Roman Republic
- The Roman Empire and Cultural Legacies
- The Byzantine Empire
- Islamic Civilizations in the Middle Ages
- Middle & Late Imperial China
- Africa (500-1800 CE)
- Feudal Japan
- Medieval Europe
- Meso-American & Andean Civilizations
- Renaissance Europe
- The Reformation in Europe
- The Scientific Revolution
- The Enlightenment
- Europe and the Age of Exploration