Lecture M 4-27

Lecture M 4-27 - Lecture M 4/27 1 China(unlike India produced lots of historical documentation because of its institutional government bureaucracy

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Lecture M 4/27 1. China (unlike India) produced lots of historical documentation because of its institutional 2. Early Han (2nd c. B.C.) – invention of paper for books, record-keeping 3. Ssu-ma Chi’en (c.100 B.C.) – model historian: o careful attention to facts and dates o long quotations from imperial documents and decrees o biographies of important people o moral and political reflections about events 4. Han dynasty in China o Han 206 B.C. – (9 A.D. - 23 A.D.) – c.215 A.D. o “Late” Han (1st - 2nd c. A.D.) 5. Discovery of the Silk Road and westward trade (map) 6. Revival of Confucianism o Discovery of ancient Confucian manuscripts o Confucius’s texts canonized as “classics” o Confucian classics (moral and political philosophy, and poetry) o Confucian texts => basis for Han education (shared set of values & ideas) for students aiming at a career in civil service o (Institutional govt –bureaucracy-- requires education.) 7. Han dynasty : Roman Empire o Roughly same 1st-c. A.D. population in both empires (< 60 million) o Large geographical area with many natural resources o Institutional govt with large bureaucracy o Emphasis on state / society > individual o Extensive trade with rest of world – including each other
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Lecture M 4-27 - Lecture M 4/27 1 China(unlike India produced lots of historical documentation because of its institutional government bureaucracy

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