A POLYCENTRIC WORLD - A POLYCENTRIC WORLD CHINA CHINESE...

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A POLYCENTRIC WORLD CHINA CHINESE CIVILIZATION’S ORIGINS SHROUDED IN MISTS OF LEGEND NEOLITHIC REV. CENTERED ON THE HUANG HE (YELLOW RIVER) o DANGEROUS FLOODING (SILT + SNOWMELT + MONSOON) o RICH, SOFT SOIL (LOESS) o BEASTS OF BURDEN DETRACTIVE TO SMALLER, PRODUCTIVE PLOTS o MILLET, WHEAT, BARLEY ARE CHIEF CROPS (NOODLES ARE NORTHERN CHINESE CUISINE; RICE IS SOUTHERN) XIA DYNASTY ( c. 2205-1766 B.C.E.) SHANG (1766-1122 B.C.E.) o HEYDAY OF BRONZE o WRITTEN RECORDS APPEAR o CONTINUE IRRIGATION AND DIKES o LARGE WALLED CITIES (AN-YANG) ZHOU (1122-480 B.C.E.) o “MANDATE OF HEAVEN” (could be used as a post hoc justification for revolution) o RULER OWNED ALL THE LAND o VASSAL SYSTEM (KINFOLK AND ALLIES) o EXTENSIVE LITERARY OUTPUT SOCIETY AND FAMILY o PATRIARCHAL o ASSOCIATED WITH ANCESTOR WORSHIP o HIERARCHICAL CULTIVATORS vs. PASTORALISTS o SAD FATE OF THE QIANG (REMNANTS FLEE TO SZECHUAN) o ZHOU CAPITAL SACKED 771 B.C.E. o
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