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Asian Studies 361: The Pursuit of Happiness in the Chinese Tradition Shuen-fu Lin Fall 2008
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Lecture 1 The Beginnings of a Chinese World View
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Some Important Dates Kongzi (Confucius) (551-479 BCE) Xia Dynasty (ca. 2200-1760 BCE) Shang Dynasty (ca. 1760-1111 BCE) Zhou Dynasty (ca. 1111-221 BCE) Spring and Autumn Period (722-ca. 475 BCE) Warring States Period (ca. 475-221 BCE)
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Important Features of Shang Culture The idea of the Central Kingdom (Zhongguo) had appeared. The Shang people already possessed a remarkable bronze technology and other objects such as silk and jade. The Shang people had a very advanced writing system already. Intensive agriculture was developed already. Ancestor worship was Shang people’s chief form of religion, and it remained so throughout traditional Chinese history.
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Cangjie, the Legendary Inventor of Chinese Writing
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Oracle Bone Inscriptions
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Map of Zhou Dynasty China
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Compared to Modern China…
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