Developments in Ancient China

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In the early years of China, the Chinese began a period of establishment in the world with ideas and teachings of new religions, changing powers, and building empires. In a nutshell the Chinese were progressing toward new technology, writings, and belief systems. The Chinese saw many dynasties come and go as well as many ups and downs experienced with societies over the course of history. As all nation’s go through change, the Chinese experienced changes from other lands far away and produced many concepts in which helped other realms to see change for themselves. The Chinese used many inventive innovations to prosper as an economic power and stabilize intellectually. Change mixed with innovation proved to be the roots of China’s …show more content…
At the same time, these documents show that the Zhou recognized the Shang as occupying the center of the world, were eager to succeed to that role themselves, and saw history as a legitimate power (59, McKay). The Zhou also believed instead of ruling their regions absolutely they established a decentralized feudal system. This backfired on them causing rebellion as the lord who controlled these lands began to disobey their king and this passed from generation to generation. Cities began emerging throughout the land with heavily built walls for protection as economic change was on the rise. Trade was persuaded by the invention of coins which prospered economic growth. Their armies grew with developments in the crossbow, cavalry, and the infantry. Wars could be easily fought with combination of these new discoveries, and lands could be taken swiftly. As the Zhou dynasty began to unravel and looking for a new rule, the Qin Unification (221-206 B.C.E.), which adopted Legalist policies, proved to unify China for the first time. The king of Qin developed the heading “emperor” and entitled himself as the First Emperor. With the short reign of the Qin, they left landmarks and a new way to see the population as a whole. A census was directed to count the population and estimate costs of projects. Under the First Emperor the Great Wall was built from recruited citizens in the hundreds of thousands to provide protection from outside…