What Is The Difference Between Classical And Post-Classical China

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Makenzie Stenum
Mrs. Trahan
English II
27 October 2017
Comparing Classical China and Post-Classical China World history can be divided into specific eras, or long and distinct periods of history. This holds true in the case of China. Two major periods of Chinese history are the Classical and Post-Classical eras. The Qin and Han dynasties flourished in Classical China, while the Tang and Song dynasties thrived in Post-Classical China. Major themes that can be used to describe those dynasties are belief systems, government, and social structure. While different, these aspects of Classical and Post-Classical China attributed to their successes. Various religions and philosophies were popular and influential in different times in China’s history. During the time of the Qin Dynasty, the first of the two main dynasties in Classical China, a philosophy known as Legalism was very popular. Legalism emphasized the importance of government and laws over anything else for obtaining order and success. This helped strengthen the Qin’s central government and create a degree of equality due to the fairness created by the laws. While Legalism was the most popular philosophy during the Qin Dynasty, other belief systems, such as the philosophy of Confucianism, existed in China. In the Han Dynasty, the second of the two main dynasties in Classical China, Confucianism was the major belief system from which much of life was based on (Wu, Han Dynasty Social Structure). The major
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