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Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Story of Chinese Civilization Roots

A river basin nurtured the early Chinese. Between 3000 and 1600 BC, the Huang He (Yellow River) plain sustained large communities of farmers who raised silkworms and spun silk thread and cloth, which they sent across the camel trails of Central Asia. They had and advanced society, but written records did not appear until the 16th century BC under the Shang dynasty. The Shang ruled over a number of kings of walled city-states. They co-operated to repulse the raiding northern nomads, who then dislodged other tribes, setting off a chain of migrations such as that of the Aryans into India.

The Chou, who displaced the Shang, continued the feudal organization. Under the Eastern Chou (770-256 BC), China advanced in political, economic, and social life. Chinese territory more than doubled to include south Manchuria and the Yangtze River Basin, with probably the highest population concentration in the world. The Chou used iron weapons, expanded irrigation, and built roads and canals to improved communication and commerce. An educated civil service replaced hereditary officials. The major strands of Chinese thought crystallized: Confucianism, Taoism, and Legalism.

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8 comments:

Deana said...

Since I was a child, I loved to heard about history especially history about civilization. Nice post man!

Suray said...

Thanks Deana, you're very concern with history. Nice to meet someone like you. :D

hebrink said...

Spirit of China's people is the best :)

Suray said...

Every people in this world have their own amazing spirit! Thanks Hebrink.

SolidSnake said...

Nice story bro. I love these story. But did you mention Confucianism, Taoism, and Legalism? Then when did Buddishm appear in China? I always think that Confucianism and Legalism are the same. Such a shame that The Great Qin forbid Confucianism, but I always love the story around this dynasty: the pursuit of immortal water, the great wall tragedy, and much more.. (also Endless Love, story about the Qin great general: Meng Yi).

Suray said...

[SolidSnake] Buddhism was appearing in China when the Bodhidharma came to the China in the mission to spread Zen Buddhism. Thanks bro!

SolidSnake said...

Thanks for the info bro.. Sukses ya kerjanya.. Dan i'm keep waiting for post yang seperti ini, tema yang menarik lho..

Suray said...

[SolidSnake] I will always try my best to give the best! Thanks bro!

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