Lecture 11 - February 11, 2010 Lecture 11 HAN CHINA HISTORY...

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February 11, 2010 HISTORY 2A Lecture 11 HAN CHINA Former/Western Han (201 BCE-9 CE) Chang’an (XIAN) Scholar-gentry Octavian/Augustus (63 BCE-14CE) Veneer of republican government with totalitarian roots Augustus = revered/respected one He lived for a long time—helped to embed his ideals into society Power passed to Tiberius—Augustus founds a dynasty—last is Nero then civil war o After Julio-Claudio’s is the Flavian Dynasty 69-96 o “Five Good Emperors” (96-180 CE) aka ANTONINE emperors Pass power by adopting an adult successor—don’t depend on paternal dynasty Imperial Power in 1 st c. CE Extended to the British Isles then down to Egypt Enemy = Parthians King Zheng of Qin (246 BCE)—Qin Shi Huangdi Unified China—power did not outlast his death Empire came to civil war—looked like china may go back to having 7 different kingdoms Liu Bang—founder of Han Dynasty Non-noble who founded a ruling dynasty (family of immigrants from south China) Qin official: Not bound to any place—owe no one loyalty—no one would resent him o Rebelled o Liu Bang emerged successful
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February 11, 2010 HISTORY 2A Founded the Han Dynasty (202-220 CE) aka Han Gaozu Willing to share the credit—shared power—more Confucian face to the world Kept legalist framework (Confucian—Legalist synthesis)—helped Han succeed Local elites= danger to power, local nobles were concentrated in the capital—tougher for people to rebel against central power of the dynasty
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Lecture 11 - February 11, 2010 Lecture 11 HAN CHINA HISTORY...

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