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From The Shang To The Zhou Dynasty
A discussion on the achievements of both the Shang and Zhou Chinese dynasties.
# 140853 | 750 words | 4 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in History (Asian) , Asian Studies (General)

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The paper relates that while the Shang dynasty, lasting until the middle of the tenth century BC, is regarded as the basis of Chinese civilization, little remains to prove it. Yet, the paper notes that the dynasty that followed, the Zhou, not only produced Confucius but also distributed agriculture to peasants and created an orderly requirement for the use of land, as well as seeing the beginning of a useful communications system that unified vast territories.

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"China's long history reveals a succession of dynasties. Some merely rose as others faded. Still others, such as the Shang, began by overthrowing previous rulers. Shang is often regarded as the basis for Chinese civilization. Yet, even this is a debatable fact. As Durant (1954) explains: "China has been called `the paradise of historians'" (p. 642). Actually, there was a historical precedent, the Hsia dynasty- "Hsia" being translated as "civilized." This was the dynasty inm which the ruling emperor, Yu, created the idea of hereditary rule. Durant (1954) looks askance at this decision of heredity: "so that idiots alternated with...""

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