09-19-05 - Treatment of Early China

09-19-05 - Treatment of Early China - Treatment of Early...

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Treatment of Early China 9/19/05 1. Intro a. Yellow River Valley i. Chinese “Manifest Destiny” – North to South ii. Many capitals on the “Wei River” – tributary of the Yellow River iii. Holds resources necessary to sustain military activities on a large scale b. Frontiers i. Northern China (Manchuria) generally not held by the Chinese state ii. North and West: Sharp limits on agricultural development 1. Steppe can support nomads 2. Long and sharp division between nomadic peoples and the Chinese-proper iii. Southwestern Highlands 1. Takes a long time for Chinese to make inroads c. Ethnic Minorities (Non-Han Chinese) i. Don’t play a direct role in the military issues we will discuss d. Coastline i. Despite large coastline, overwhelmingly a continental nation until the 10 th century when it enters into the shipping industry ii. Never becomes a maritime power 2. Review of Chinese History up through Archaic warfare a. Archaic Period (Shang Dynasty) 1766-1122 BCE i. Society 1. Neolithic and Post-Neolithic Cultures
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