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Ch 22: FTCE Social Science: Early Chinese Civilization

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This Early Chinese Civilization chapter is just the thing to prepare you for the subject-relevant content within the FTCE Social Science exam. Professional instructors guide you on your way to an enhanced understanding of the material.

FTCE Social Science: Early Chinese Civilization - Chapter Summary

The information in this chapter delves into key aspects and influences of early Chinese civilization. It sets forth all the details you'll want to have down before you take the FTCE Social Science exam. You can expect to finish this chapter with a tightened grasp of:

  • The Shang and Zhou dynasties
  • Social classes in ancient China
  • Confucianism and its five relationships
  • The Qin and Han dynasties
  • The significance of the Silk Roads

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Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

1. Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

Advances in bronze work, military technology, communications, and transportation are just some of the significant accomplishments of the Shang Dynasty and the Zhou Dynasty in ancient China. Discover the rise and fall of the Shang Dynasty and the Zhou Dynasty, as well as their characteristics, such as establishing societal hierarchies and religion.

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

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

Early China had several distinct social classes, including the aristocrat, farmer, craftsman, and merchant. Learn more about the ancient Chinese social classes, the role of the emperor in creating them, and why merchants were considered the lowest class though not the poorest.

Confucianism: Views, Philosophy & Teaching

3. Confucianism: Views, Philosophy & Teaching

Confucianism, whose name stems from its main philosopher Confucius, is a Chinese philosophical belief system based around a moral and humane lifestyle. Learn more about Confucianism, Confucius himself, and the views and philosophy of his teachings.

Jen, Li, and the Five Relationships of Confucianism

4. Jen, Li, and the Five Relationships of Confucianism

Confucianism is built on the concepts of Jen, translated as 'goodness or 'humaneness,' and Li, which deals with one's outward social behavior. Learn more about what Confucianism teaches, the characteristics of Jen and Li, the five key relationships, and the significant role played by rituals.

The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism

5. The Qin Dynasty in China: The Great Wall & Legalism

The Qin Dynasty was a short-lived but impactful reign during the 3rd century in China. Explore life under Qin's rule and his brand of legalism, his building of the Great Wall of China, which is the name he bestowed upon the country, and take a closer look at the end of the Qin Dynasty.

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

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

The Han dynasty brought innovation and great prosperity to China. Learn how the Han dynasty began, discover its characteristics and government, then explore its high points under Wu Ti, its interruptions, and its final 200 years starting with the subjugation of the Xiongnu.

The Silk Roads During the Han Dynasty & The Roman Empire

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

Caravans moved goods along the famed Silk Road around 2,000 years ago when the Han Dynasty ruled most of modern-day China and the West was being dominated by the Roman Empire. Explore how these two empires established trade routes, discover how they managed 5,000 miles of obstacles, and learn how they seized economic opportunities along the Silk Road.

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