China Lecture 1

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Unformatted text preview: ry officials to govern provinces ! 2. The minting of currency ! 3. The development of standard weights and measures ! 4. The creation of public ! - - Work such as roads, canals, and its famus Great Wall of China. ! Centralization and Dynastic Rule - This centralization and expansion of sovereign power was carried on by the subsequent Han dynasty (206 b.c.e.–220 c.e.): ! 1. a reign marked by great cultural development 2. the rise of domestic and international trade ! 3. foreign exploration ! 4. conquest ! - At this point china is far ahead of Europe in its understanding of timekeeping, astronomy, and mathematics. - The philosophy of Confucianism influenced the imperial leaders on a fixed set of... ! ! Affluence without Industrialization, the Foreign Challenge - Chinese innovation and economic development began to stagnate around 1400. by the mid- 1400s, the Chinese empire had banned long- distance sea travel and showed little interest in developing many of the technological innovations it had created. ! There are several possible reasons: 1. One argument is cultural... Rigid Confucian ideology placed China at the center of the world (and universe), viewing any new or outside knowledge ! 2. A second argument is economic. early centuries of the Chinese empire... ! 3. 3rd argument, is geographic factors.. limited competition. ! ! The Erosion of Central Auth...
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