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Shang dynasty

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Mr J Daykin

on 14 January 2015

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Shang Dynasty
The Shang dynasty was the first dynasty in China, which we have evidence for. It lasted from 1600 - 1046 BC. The dynasty had 30 emperors.A dynasty is a succesion of rulers [ kings or emperors ] from the same family. The Shang dynasty was once thought to be a myth but evidence proves that the dynasty was real. The dynasty was important because it was one of the first dynasties in China. That era was important because it had the earliest writing. The monarchy was passed from brother to brother and son to nephew in age order. The Shang dynasty was in a region near the Yellow River.
The four social classes
The 4 social classes were: emperors and nobles, the military, artizans and craftsmen and farmers and peasants. The emperors and nobles lived inside the city walls whereas the rest of them lived outside the city walls and they were left to fend for themselves.
Emperors and nobles
The Emperors and Nobles live inside the city walls.The Nobles were given their own cities to look after and they were responsible for what happened in that city.The Nobles lived in houses lavished with bronze and jade.
The warriors
The warriors were left outside the city walls to defend the city. Although they had an important job they were not treated very well
The artisans and craftsmen
The artisans and craftsmen were people with very skilled jobs.They were not treated well and they were left outside the city walls to fend for themselves
The Peasants and farmers.
The peasants and farmers were the poorest of the social classes. They did not own their own farms and the farms were lended by the Noble. If they were caught hoarding extra food they would be killed despite they were the ones who tended the crops.
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