Lecture 4a, Zhou, Qin, Han,rev10

Lecture 4a, Zhou, Qin, Han,rev10 - Zhou, Qin, Han Wars...

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Unformatted text preview: Zhou, Qin, Han Wars & Unification Two Tendencies Feng-jian, feudalism China as a composite of autonomous regional powers Tianxia, all under heaven China as a unified polity, core dominates the periphery Five major features distinct regional cultures persisted over time centrality of the person of the emperor . cultivation of literacy based on a non-alphabetic script and a state-sponsored literary canon that sanctioned the states existence. demilitarization of the interior , with military activity assigned to marginal peoples along the northern frontier. flourishing of local wealthy families ; served the central state; linked the villages to the center of power. Diverse Populations the diversity of peoples of Chinese empire. While all Chinas inhabitants have retroactively become Chinese today, this term is anachronistic (reads present into the past) for the pre-imperial period. People of that time would be known as Qin, Qi, Chu, etc. Qins conquests united these groups politically in the 3rd century BCE. But, distinct regional cultures and temperaments survived. Diverse Populations For the proponents of tianxia , these regional variations were essential to an empire that justified itself by making hierarchical distinctions between the universal, superior culture of the imperial center and the limited, particular cultures of regions and localities. Spring & Autumn (Qun-Qui) 771-481 BCE...
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This note was uploaded on 02/03/2012 for the course HIST 284 taught by Professor C.r.lilley during the Fall '11 term at Maryland.

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Lecture 4a, Zhou, Qin, Han,rev10 - Zhou, Qin, Han Wars...

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