Ch 36: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: China's Dynasties

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Get ready for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam by utilizing this chapter. It is designed to help you quickly review China's dynasties and remember essential facts, which may appear on the world history section of the test.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: China's Dynasties - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter allow you to examine the following dynasties of China: Han, Sui, Tang, Song, Ming, and Qing. You can begin your review with the Han dynasty, which existed around the same time as the Roman Empire, and end with the fall of the Qing dynasty and creation of the Republic of China.

Here are the objectives you should be able to achieve after completing the chapter:

  • Describe how the Han dynasty built and administered capitals throughout the empire
  • Explain why the Sui, Tang, and Song dynasties are called China's Golden Age
  • Identify important technology developed during these dynasties
  • Detail significant aspects of art and culture, such as tea culture, ink-brush painting, and calligraphy
  • Compare international relations and business during the Yuan dynasty and the Ming dynasty
  • Discuss trade via the Silk Roads and maritime expeditions
  • Describe the First and Second Opium Wars

After completing this chapter, you'll be better prepared to answer questions on the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam, which may cover these dynasties. Our lessons are designed to be short so you can quickly review the stand-out characteristics of major Chinese dynasties. Throughout the chapter, use our self-assessment quizzes to make sure you are retaining enough information to do well on the test. Gain access to these resources by going online and using them at any time, and track your progress through your personalized dashboard.

8 Lessons in Chapter 36: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: China's Dynasties
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Political Contributions of the Han Dynasty

1. Political Contributions of the Han Dynasty

The Han Dynasty, which spanned the years of 206 BCE to 220 CE, significantly influenced China's development. Explore the political contributions of the Han Dynasty. Learn who the Han were, and review their administrative innovations, as well as how they expanded the Chinese empire.

Innovations of the Sui, Tang & Song Dynasties of China

2. Innovations of the Sui, Tang & Song Dynasties of China

The Golden Age of Chinese culture saw several innovations during the reigns of the Sui, Tang, and Song dynasties. Explore these dynasties and how they each contributed to China's development between the 7th and 13th centuries, until the invasion of the Mongols.

Reunification of China in the Tang Dynasty

3. Reunification of China in the Tang Dynasty

The Tang Dynasty ruled China for the majority of 618 to 906 CE, and this time is regarded as a period of cultural advancement and reform. Explore China's dynasty transitions, the end of the Sui Dynasty, and the reunification of China under the Tang to understand how China progressed during the Tang Dynasty.

Agriculture, Technology & Commerce in Tang & Sung China

4. Agriculture, Technology & Commerce in Tang & Sung China

The Tang and Sung Dynasties are important periods in Chinese history. Compare and contrast agriculture, technology, development, and commerce during these historical periods.

Trade & Maritime Expeditions in the Mongol Ascendancy & Ming Dynasty

5. Trade & Maritime Expeditions in the Mongol Ascendancy & Ming Dynasty

China, while under rule of the Ming Dynasty and Mongols, saw an extreme explosion of trade and wealth, accumulating in lucrative taxation, and power. Identify the ways that trade played a significant role in amassing maritime (naval) expeditions in the Mongol, and Ming Dynasty periods.

Ming Dynasty Achievements: Art & Technology

6. Ming Dynasty Achievements: Art & Technology

During the Ming Dynasty, China made significant innovations in art and technology. Discover the return of the Chinese emperors, then explore how their influence led to major achievements in art and technology, including calligraphy, moveable type printing, and the toothbrush.

Western Pressures on Chinese Foreign Trade

7. Western Pressures on Chinese Foreign Trade

The foreign trade policies in China have been influenced by political and military pressure from the west. Learn about the Opium Wars between China and Great Britain, the definition of Gunboat Diplomacy, and the Open Door Policy negotiated by the United States that ended the wars.

The Fall of China's Qing Dynasty

8. The Fall of China's Qing Dynasty

The last Chinese dynasty, the Qing dynasty, fell in the early 20th century. Explore the Qing dynasty, examine the impact of China's wars with European powers, and learn about the unrest and revolution that led to the formation of the Republic of China.

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