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First Civilizations
Ancient China
Geography of Ancient China
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Isolated
Rivers
Varied climate
North China Plain
Shang Dynasty 1500-1122 BC
First dynasty
Respect
ancestors
Oracle bones
Pictographs
Zhou Dynasty 1122-221 BC
Defeated Shang
Kings ruled –
Mandate from
Heaven
Local rulers
Dynastic cycle
Time of Warring
States 400BC–
lords fighting
all the time
Dynastic Cycle
How did the belief in the Mandate
of Heaven help the change in
government from the Shang to the
Zhou?