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By Xiaoyu Sun

This e-book presents a concise advent to the chinese language heritage, masking decades span extending from antiquity throughout the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty. historic classes elaborated contain the pre-Qin interval; the Qin and Han Dynasties; the Wei, Jin, and Southern and northern Dynasties; the Tang, music, and Yuan Dynasties; and the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Written via a bunch of historians from the celebrated chinese language Academy of Social Sciences, the booklet has included many of the newest learn findings within the box of chinese language ancient studies.

- All significant chinese language dynasties are coated in a concise demeanour. Encounters with the trendy period also are explored, in addition to beginning with the traditional Age in China.
- The authors supply most modern study findings, giving perception to the interesting chinese language history.
- This e-book additionally beneficial properties many appropriate pictures and illustrations to aid readers comprehend the subjects better.

1. the traditional Age.
2. jap Zhou Dynasty.
3. The Qin and Han Dynasties.
4. The Wei, Jin, and Southern and northern Dynasties.
5. The Tang, tune, and Yuan Dynasties.
6. The Ming and Qing Dynasties.
7. The past due Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China.

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Many tacticians, collectively known as Zonghengjia, travelled around the states, advising the rulers to put their ideas into practice, such as Gongsun Yan of Wei state and Su Qin from Luoyang. They obtained high salaries and positions by lobbying. Zhang Yi and Su Qin were the representatives of the Zonghengjia in the Warring States Period. Zhang Yi was the descendant of a noble family of the Wei state. In 329 BC, he arrived in the Qin state and became an official. Later, he was sent to Wei. King Hui of Wei appointed Zhang Yi as the prime minister.

Fuxi explored these relations and rules of change in these diagrams so as to guide the behaviors of the people in their work and life. This was the origin of the Eight Diagrams. Since it was invented, Bagua has, over the centuries, had a close connection with the work and life of the people. Many Bagua pictures were discovered in exca- THE ANCIENT AGE 27 vated cultural relics. By the end of the Shang Dynasty, King Wen of Zhou put two Gua or more together and developed sixty-four Gua. He also named all sixty-four diagrams and provided a guaci (the explanation of the meaning of the different diagrams).

After the eastern expedition, the Duke of Zhou moved the captive nobles of Shang to Dongdou near the capital city of Haojing. He also ordered the former vassal states of Shang to build palatial houses in Luoyi (present Luoyang, Henan Province). The new capital city was called Chengzhou. He stationed twenty thousand troops in Chengzhou to keep the followers of Shang under careful watch. Afterwards, the adherents of Shang acknowledged allegiance to the ruling of Zhou and never rebelled again. The Duke of Zhou The gravestone of the Duke of Zhou THE ANCIENT AGE 25 enfeoffed the vassal lords of territories as distant as the Zhou Dynasty’s influence could reach.

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