The Shang, Zhou, Qin, And Han Dynasties

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The Shang, Zhou, Qin, and Han dynasties The Shang dynasty was founded in 1600BC. It was the second hereditary dynasty in China. Shang was originally considered a myth, until they were discovered because the Chinese pharmacists sold oracle bones created by them as dragon bones. This dynasty marked the beginning of the development of writing. In addition to the development of writing, Iron casting and pottery were also advanced in Shang. Two inventions by this dynasty were the traditional Chinese dress and the books to read for pleasure. The Zhou dynasty was historically important because it set in motion the first unification of China. Zhou lasted until 256 B.C. when it divided into two periods linked partially to geography known as the Western and Eastern Zhou. During this time the use of iron was introduced to China, through this period of Chinese history produced what many consider the zenith of Chinese bronze were making. Zhou also is the period in which the written script involved into its modern form with the use of an archaic clerical script that emerged during the late warring states period. China’s first projects of hydraulic engineering were initiated during the Zhou dynasty. Qin dynasty was the first imperial dynasty of China. During its reign over China, the Qin dynasty achieved increased trade, improved agriculture, and military security. This dynasty also introduced several reforms such as: currency, weights and measures were standardized, and a better system of writing was established. They allowed the construction of ambitious projects, such as a wall on the northern border, now known as the Great Wall of China. The aristocracies of the Qin were largely similar in their culture and daily life. Han dynasty began in 206BC. It succeeded to unify China by expanding it’s military prowess across the borders of other regions of Asia, diminishing the
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