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Cultural Evolution: Ancient China

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Erin Pfaeffle

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Cultural Evolution: Ancient China
What is cultural evolution?
Define Cultural Evolution:
The development of one or more cultures from simpler to more complex forms
Which image is the best representation of evolution?
Why? Explain your thinking.
Dynastic Cycle
What does the dynastic cycle show you about individual dynasties in ancient China?
Examine this image...
On your GO:
Hold your thinking about this question.
Founding
Expansion
Regression
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Shang
Zhou
Qin
Han
Shang
Zhou
Qin
Han
Regression
Founding
Expansion
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Regression
Founding
Expansion
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Therefore... If Cultural evolution tells us that cultures go from simpler to more complex, which image of progression is more accurate when evaluating China and history long term?
What might be the benefits and drawbacks of this idea of cultural evolution?
Perhaps the evolution of all cultures looks more like this...
Founding
Evolution
Regression
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Founding
Evolution
Regression
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The Big Question then becomes...
Does cultural evolution offer stability and or sustainability in a civilization?
Shang
Zhou
Qin
Han
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