By Xiaoyu Sun
This ebook offers a concise advent to the chinese language historical past, masking many years span extending from antiquity during the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty. ancient sessions elaborated contain the pre-Qin interval; the Qin and Han Dynasties; the Wei, Jin, and Southern and northern Dynasties; the Tang, track, and Yuan Dynasties; and the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Written by way of a gaggle of historians from the celebrated chinese language Academy of Social Sciences, the ebook has integrated the various most modern examine findings within the box of chinese language old studies.
- All significant chinese language dynasties are lined in a concise demeanour. Encounters with the trendy period also are explored, along with beginning with the traditional Age in China.
- The authors supply newest learn findings, giving perception to the interesting chinese language history.
- This publication additionally positive aspects many correct images and illustrations to aid readers comprehend the themes better.
1. the traditional Age.
2. jap Zhou Dynasty.
3. The Qin and Han Dynasties.
4. The Wei, Jin, and Southern and northern Dynasties.
5. The Tang, music, and Yuan Dynasties.
6. The Ming and Qing Dynasties.
7. The overdue Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China.
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For example, according to the rituals of Zhou, only the tian zi was entitled to an eight-row (sixty-four dancers) dance, and vassal lords and da fu were entitled to six rows and four rows, respectively. ” These rituals also had a signiﬁcant inﬂuence on the behaviors of rulers of later generations. Book of History and Book of Changes Shangshu (the Book of History) is China’s earliest ofﬁcial compilation of documentary records. It collects historical and legendary materials of the Xia, Shang, and Zhou dynasties.
In 403 BC, the ﬁgurehead King Weilie of Zhou, conferred the title of Marquis on Zhao Ji, Wei Si, and Han Qian. Also in the state of Qi, the power shifted from the ruling Jiang family to the Tian family, and in 389 BC, the Tian family seized control of the state of Qi and took the title of Duke. In this era, the King of Zhou as well as the rulers of small states such as Lu and Song were squeezed by the powerful states and were on their last legs. The seven major states of Qi, Chu,Yan, Zhao, Han,Wei, and Qin had risen to prominence, starting the process of the invasive wars of annexation.
In 353 BC, Wei was defeated by Qi in the Battle of Guiling (now Heze County, Shandong Province). In 340 BC, Wei was devastatingly defeated again by Qin in the Battle of Maling. After these series of events, Wei was severely weakened. King Hui, fearing an attack from Qin, moved the capital from Anyi (modern Anli, Shanxi Province) to Daliang (present-day Kaifeng). Eventually, Wei lost the west bank of the Yellow River, which acted as a natural defense for Wei. Since then, Wei could no longer stop Qin from expanding eastward.
A Chinese History Reader by Xiaoyu Sun