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Ch 5: History of Early China & Japan

About This Chapter

The History of Early China and Japan chapter of this Major Events in World History Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study the early cultures, achievements, battles and technologies of these countries. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus it includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand essential concepts associated with the history of early China and Japan.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering the History of Early China and Japan material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the history of early China and Japan. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with the history of early China and Japan
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning world history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the course to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the History of Early China and Japan chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the History of Early China and Japan chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
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  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

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

  • Timeline of the Xia dynasty of China
  • Characteristics and decline of the Xhou and Shang dynasties
  • Founding of the Song, Ming and T'ang dynasties
  • The rise of the Japanese military
  • Art of the Ming dynasty
  • European treaties in China
  • Japanese wars and imperialism
  • The Republic of China
  • Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the atomic bomb
  • History of Taiwan

25 Lessons in Chapter 5: History of Early China & Japan
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
China's Xia Dynasty: Timeline, Culture & Achievements

1. China's Xia Dynasty: Timeline, Culture & Achievements

According to many who study China, the Xia Dynasty is just a dream of earlier Chinese rulers. For others, it is the link between the farming settlements of the Huang He civilization and Chinese history.

Ancient China: Shang & Zhou Dynasties

2. 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.

Chinese Dynasties (1000-1300 CE): T'ang, Song & Ming

3. Chinese Dynasties (1000-1300 CE): T'ang, Song & Ming

In this lesson, we explore three important Chinese dynasties of the Middle Ages: the T'ang, the Song, and the Ming, which all ruled for a few hundred years each between the 7th and 17th centuries C.E.

Japanese Military Society & Samurais in the 12th Century

4. Japanese Military Society & Samurais in the 12th Century

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of the samurai and the Japanese military culture of the 12th century. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Ming Dynasty Achievements: Art & Technology

5. Ming Dynasty Achievements: Art & Technology

In this lesson, you will explore the art and technology of the Ming dynasty as Chinese artists and engineers rediscovered their Chinese identity. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

European Imperialism in China: Trades, Battles & Treaties

6. European Imperialism in China: Trades, Battles & Treaties

In this lesson, we will examine European imperialism in China. We will highlight the key themes associated with this topic, specifically the Opium Wars and the 'Open Door' Policy.

Japanese Imperialism: Territorial Acquisitions & Wars

7. Japanese Imperialism: Territorial Acquisitions & Wars

In this lesson, we will learn about Japanese imperialism. We will highlight the major territorial acquisitions and the wars that expanded the Japanese Empire.

The Decline of Confucianism and the Republic of China

8. The Decline of Confucianism and the Republic of China

This lesson will focus on the decline of Confucianism within the Republic of China. In doing so, it will highlight the concepts of Jen and filial piety. It will also explore the role of and the influence of the Three Principles of the People.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How the Atomic Bomb Changed Warfare During WWII

9. Hiroshima and Nagasaki: How the Atomic Bomb Changed Warfare During WWII

As America and its WWII allies considered invading Japan, the Manhattan Project successfully developed an atomic weapon. Its use on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, precipitated VJ Day, the end of the Pacific war, on August 14, 1945.

The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline

10. The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline

In this lesson we explore the long struggle between the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist Party before, during, and after WWII, and the subsequent creation of Taiwan after the communist victory.

Ancient Chinese Class System

11. Ancient Chinese Class System

A large country like ancient China needed a vast caste system to make sure that society ran smoothly. In this lesson, we describe that caste system, as well as forms of social mobility.

Japanese Feudal Class System

12. Japanese Feudal Class System

In this lesson we take a look at the highly stratified system of class during the Japanese feudal period. We'll look at the relationships between classes as well as see who fits and who doesn't.

Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu: Biography and Accomplishments

13. Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu: Biography and Accomplishments

During the 16th century, Japan was ruled by a number of warlords and petty chieftains. One of these rulers, a great warrior and administrator, named Tokugawa Ieyasu would spend his life unifying Japan under his rule. This lesson examines this leader's life and times.

Tokugawa Shogunate: History, Economy, Facts & Timeline

14. Tokugawa Shogunate: History, Economy, Facts & Timeline

Explore the history, politics, and economics of the last medieval government in Japan: the Tokugawa Shogunate. Get a small glimpse of Japanese history just before the Meiji Restoration in this lesson.

Tokugawa Shogunate: Religion and Art

15. Tokugawa Shogunate: Religion and Art

Every culture has an era that defined many of their traditions. For Japan, it was the era of the Tokugawa Shogunate. In this lesson, we'll see how art and religion redefined Japan in this period.

Why Was the Great Wall of China Built?

16. Why Was the Great Wall of China Built?

The Great Wall of China is one of the most iconic monuments in the world. But how much do you really know about it? In this lesson, we'll look at the history of the Great Wall, and see what inspired its construction.

Medieval Japan: Religion, Government & Economy

17. Medieval Japan: Religion, Government & Economy

Japan's medieval period was similar to Europe's in many ways, with a powerful warrior class, codes of chivalry, and a rise in religion. In this lesson, we'll explore Japan's medieval era and see how it impacted Japanese history.

Chinese Emperors: Names & Timeline

18. Chinese Emperors: Names & Timeline

China's history has often been embodied in its emperors. These absolute leaders dictated much of Chinese history and culture. In this lesson, we will get to know a few of the most important emperors and consider their impact on China.

Japanese Emperors

19. Japanese Emperors

Japan is one of the only nations today which still has an emperor. In this lesson, we are going to explore the history of this esteemed title and see how it has changed over time.

Yayoi Period in Japan: History, People, Culture & Religion

20. Yayoi Period in Japan: History, People, Culture & Religion

In this lesson we discover the Yayoi period in ancient Japan. From wet paddy rice cultivation to the development of metal tools and weapons, the Yayoi period marks a significant advance from past periods.

Yayoi Period in Japan: Government, Weapons & Revolution

21. Yayoi Period in Japan: Government, Weapons & Revolution

Have you ever heard of a civilization that completed the transition from the Stone Age through the Bronze and Iron Ages in 50 years? Well the Yayoi People of Japan did all this and more. Give this lesson a read to learn more.

Kofun Period in Japan: History & Artifacts

22. Kofun Period in Japan: History & Artifacts

The Kofun Period was a major era in the development of Japanese culture. In this lesson, we'll check out the history and artifacts of this period and see how it changed life in Japan.

Japanese Kofun Period: Religion & Burial Mounds

23. Japanese Kofun Period: Religion & Burial Mounds

In this lesson we explore the burial rites and unique burial mounds built in Japan during the Kofun period. We also delve into the religious history of Japan in this time period as well.

Kofun Government, Military & Armor

24. Kofun Government, Military & Armor

There is more to ancient Japan than legends of the samurai. To learn more about the period of ancient Japan that predates the samurai, give this lesson a read.

Who Was Tokugawa Iemitsu? - History, Facts & Quotes

25. Who Was Tokugawa Iemitsu? - History, Facts & Quotes

The Tokugawa family had an incredible impact on Japanese history. In this lesson, we'll look at the life and legacy of Tokugawa Iemitsu, and see how he reshaped Japan.

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