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China - 4/28/2008 12:59:00 PM China(unlike India) produced...

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28/04/2008 14:59:00 China(unlike India) produced lots of historical documentation because of its  institutional government and bureaucracy Early Han(2 nd  c BC): invention of paper for books, record-keeping Ssu-ma Chi’en (c.100BC) model historian: Careful attention to facts and dates Long quotations from imperial documents and decrees Biographies of important people Moral and political reflections about events Han Dynasty in China Han 206BC-(9AD-23AD)-215AD “Late” Han (1 st -2 nd  c. AD) Revival of Confucianism     Discovery of ancient Confucian manuscripts Confucius’ text canonized as “classics” Palace academy est’d for scholars to study, write about it, and teach the  Confucian classics (moral and political philosophy, and poetry_ Confucian texts=>basis for Han education (shared set of values and ideas for  students aiming at a career in civil services (institutional govt—bureaucracy—requires education) Han Dynasty     Roughly same 1 st  c. AD population in both empires (<60 million) Large geographical area Intuitional gov’t with large bureaucracy Emphasis on state/society>individual Extensive trade with rest of world—including each other
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Long term problem with “barbarian” tribes to the North
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