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Name _______________________________________ Date ___________________ #____________
The Zhou Dynasty
 Came to power by: overthrowing the Shang
 Peaceful period: Western Zhou
 Conflicts arose: Kings moved East- Eastern Zhou
 Government:
o Mandate of Heaven: Gods would support a just ruler and not allow
anyone corrupt to hold power
o Feudalism: a system of relationships
 Dynastic Cycle: the rise and fall of dynasties in China
o If dynasty lost power it obviously had become corrupt
Feudalism
King/Emperor:

Owns all Land

Supreme power
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Receives crops from Lords
Lords (Loyal Supporters)
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Rules lands and serfs
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Provides protection for serfs
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Sends army to king
Peasant Farmers (Serfs)

Farm ______land____--keep some food

Give food to Lords for protection
The Dynastic Cycle
Identify & briefly describe each cycle
Strong local ruler defeats others. Adds
land
Local rulers fight for power- Warring States
period
Restores peace, chooses local
officials, makes reforms
Rebellions put end to weakened dynasty
Loose control, can’t deal with disasters
HOW???....
The Chinese Philosophies:
1. Confuscionism
2. Daoism
3. Legalism