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Shang Dynasty

1766 BCE - 1027 BCE

1.) Shang rulers supervised irrigation and flood control projects, which strenthenged the ruler's power.
2.) Kings perfomed rituals to please the gods.
3.) During this dynasty Chinese developed their own form of writting.

Sources:
a.) “Shang Dynasty”. thinkquest.org. 4/14/10 .
b.) Iftikhar Ahmad, Herbert Brodsky, Marylee Susan Crofts, and Elisabeth Gaynor Ellis. World Cultures -A Global Mosaic-. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.

Zhou Dynasty

1122 BCE - 256 BCE

1.) The Zhou used the Mandate of Heaven to justify their rise of power.
2.) China broke up into warring states.
3) During the Zhou Dynasty they developed 3 philosophies, or schools of thought: Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism.

Sources:
a) Iftikhar Ahmad, Herbert Brodsky, Marylee Susan Crofts, and Elisabeth Gaynor Ellis. World Cultures -A Global Mosaic-. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.
b) "Zhou Dynasty". thinkquest.org. 4/14/10 .

Qin Dynasty

221 BCE - 206 BCE

1.) The Qin dynasty conquered the other warring states and unified China for the first time.
2.) One of the greatest achievement in the Qin Dynasty is the best known The Great Wall of China.
3.) During this dynasty, many schools of thought were outlawed; only legalism was given official sanction.

Source:
a.) "Qin Dynasty". thinkquest.org. 4/14/10 .

Han Dynasty

206 BCE - 220 AD

1.) During this dynasty Chinas' trade expanded, and tea growing spread from south to other parts of China.
2.) New ideas such as the Buddhism was introduced in China by travelers and merchants.
3.) The goverment set up a university to train scholars for the highest offices.

Sources:
a) Iftikhar Ahmad, Herbert Brodsky, Marylee Susan Crofts, and Elisabeth Gaynor Ellis. World Cultures -A Global Mosaic-. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.

Sui Dynasty

589 AD - 618 AD

1.) The Sui dynasty re-established the centralized administrative system of the Han.
2.) Buddhism flourished in the Sui Dynasty.
3.) ; A canal system, was later formed into the Grand Canal, was constructed to carry water through out China.

Source:
a) "Sui Dynasty". thinkquest.org. 4/14/10 .

Tang Dynasty

618 AD - 907 AD

1.) During the Tang dynasty, Buddhism declined, and Confucianism became more popular.
2.) During the Tang dynasty, many great poets emerged.
3.) Tang's greatest income came from taxs on grain, cloth and allotments to the male population.

Source:
a) "Tang Dynasty". thinkquest.org. 4/14/10 .

Song Dynasty

960 AD - 1279 AD

1.) The Song's military was not very powerful, and they frequently signed treaties to end fighting.
2.) Despite Song's military weakness they had to constantly fight invaders from Mongolia.
3.) During the Song dynasty, the Song lost to Mongolia and got into control of the Mongolians.

Source:
a) Iftikhar Ahmad, Herbert Brodsky, Marylee Susan Crofts, and Elisabeth Gaynor Ellis. World Cultures -A Global Mosaic-. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.
b) "Sung Dynasty". thinkquest.org. 4/14/10 .

Yuan Dynasty

1279 AD - 1368 AD

1.) Efficient transportation system Mongols made, made the empire more unite.
2.) The greatest advances in literature were in the forms of theatre and opera.
3.) During the Yuan dynasty which the Mongol ruled, Chinese nobility were better educated than the invaders.

Source:
a) "Yuan Dynasty". Minnesota State University. 4/14/10 .
b) Iftikhar Ahmad, Herbert Brodsky, Marylee Susan Crofts, and Elisabeth Gaynor Ellis. World Cultures -A Global Mosaic-. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.

Ming Dynasty

1368 AD - 1644 AD

1.) Chinese took China back from the Mongolians.
2.) Between 1405 and 1433 Chinese set out voyages to restore Chinese authority at sea and renew trading ties.
3.) The Ming dynasty isolated China from the outside world at the time when Europeans were beginning to dvelope new technologies.

Source:
a) Iftikhar Ahmad, Herbert Brodsky, Marylee Susan Crofts, and Elisabeth Gaynor Ellis. World Cultures -A Global Mosaic-. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.

Qing Dynasty

1644 AD - 1911 AD

1.) The Chinese fell once again under forgein rule, the Manchus from Manchuria.
2.) Manchus passed laws that forbidded Manchus to marry Chinese or wear Chinese clothing.
3.) This is the dynasty were the Chinese finally started trading with th Europans.

Source:
a) "Qing Dynasty". Minnesota State University. 4/14/10 .
b) Iftikhar Ahmad, Herbert Brodsky, Marylee Susan Crofts, and Elisabeth Gaynor Ellis. World Cultures -A Global Mosaic-. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.

Mao Zedong

1893 - 1976

1.) Mao Zedong is the CCP's leader.
2.) Restored China's order and ended forgein influence.
3.) Promoted programs to increase food production and protect people from periodic famines.

Source:
a) Iftikhar Ahmad, Herbert Brodsky, Marylee Susan Crofts, and Elisabeth Gaynor Ellis. World Cultures -A Global Mosaic-. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.

Den Xiaopeng

1904 - 1997

1.) Unlike Mao, Deng allowed more abroad connections, welcomed foreign investment in China, and sent Chinese student s to study abroad.
2.) Deng Xiaoping introduced new economic policies, for example allowing citizans to operate small buisnesses, which allowed a better life for his citizens.
3.) During Deng's control he eased some goverment's strict economic controls.

Source:
a) Iftikhar Ahmad, Herbert Brodsky, Marylee Susan Crofts, and Elisabeth Gaynor Ellis. World Cultures -A Global Mosaic-. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.

Republic Dynasty

1928 - 1970

1.) The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) joined forces with the Nationalists to expel foreigners.
2.) Mao the CCP leader believes that athe Communists would only succeed in China only by winning the support of peasants.
3.) The Communist and National Party joins once again and fights the Japanese.

Source:
a)Iftikhar Ahmad, Herbert Brodsky, Marylee Susan Crofts, and Elisabeth Gaynor Ellis. World Cultures -A Global Mosaic-. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.