Felix Leeb Mr.

Aguilar World History – P3 11/20/11

CCOT: Classical Era China Essay
In China 500 BCE was a time where people began to disregard their leaders and attempt to take power themselves. Different States constantly at war to gain full control of China. For the next 150 years there would be nothing but fighting and unrest. Not until 256 BCE when the Zhou completely lost power and the Qin emerged, was there any peace in China. Over this period, 500 BCE – 600 CE, much would change in China, the Silk Road would make China’s economy soar, or how the government would still progress, on the other hand some things would stay almost the same, for instance, the culture continued to focus on filial piety. During the Zhou Dynasty, China was still young and had enough trouble handling its own problems. Powerful nations in the Middle East and Europe had little interest trading with China, the long and dangerous travel to China was enough to make those countries needn’t trade with China. However as China evolved out of the Warring Stated Period and into the Qin Dynasty, China became much more prominent and turned into a civilization that could rival the Romans. Naturally, this made Europeans and Persians eager to trade with these foreign people. This shaped the Silk Road into the biggest international trade route the world has ever seen. The Silk Road increased production of all sorts of goods, made merchants wealthier and it was an excellent way to spread ideas. Much of this accomplishment can be credited to the Qin dynasty, since that was when China first became unified. China made a great leap during this period. The government was still very undeveloped during the Zhou Dynasty. When the Qin seized power they also saw to create a brand new government. Qin Shi Huangdi, the emperor at that time, made certain that all his opposition was squashed immediately. In order to do this he used Legalist methods to control his nation. However during the Warring States Period several

The idea that once a Dynasty becomes corrupt or weak it should be overrun by another more powerful family. Ever since the Shang Dynasty (1766 BCE to 1122 BCE) people in China were very respectful of their family and of their ancestors. All in all much changed in China during the Classical Era. As previously stated. Confucian scholars taught people that it was important to respect and obey one’s family. At first Buddhism was believed to be a form of Daoism. One major religion that spread through the Silk Road was Buddhism. The government and economy changed severely over that time. He worked hard to eradicate them. including Confucianism. not much changed in Chinese culture. and when the Qin Dynasty fell and the Han rose they changed their government into a more Confucian oriented one. which caused Buddhism to flourish in rural areas where there weren’t very many people who cared. This was certainly because the people were not in favor of the harsh laws and punishment of Legalism. Filial Piety. the Silk Road was an excellent means of spreading ideas and beliefs. however. In the emperor’s eyes legalism was the right way and the others must be wiped out. the Mandate of Heaven. Legalism and Daoism. During the Han and after the Han dynasty there were several people who were very opposed to Buddhism.key philosophies were established. All though Buddhism was introduced to China in this period. All though not much changed in the culture. When Confucianism was founded this was given a name. today it is more profound in China. However one idea stayed strong in the Chinese belief. and some significant differences between the . however this failed. and although it originated in India. there were some significant differences between the government in the Zhou Dynasty and the government in the Han Dynasty. more free government that Confucianism provided. the culture changed very little. but over time the two differed on some key aspects and practices. they were much sympathetic toward an open.

Some social aspects changed. however some things stayed the same. There were also some changes in how the people interacted with the environment. Daoism. . with Confucianism. and all these changes and continuities are what shape Chinese society today.economy with the Silk Road and without it. the population grew both in the Qin and Han dynasty. for example. There is no doubt that many things changed in China. Legalism and Buddhism there was a much more diverse society.

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