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Zhou Qin Han
Transcript of Zhou Qin Han
Shi Huangdi's insecurities
Mandate of Heaven
Integration vs Unification
Primacy of the people
Concept of moral (or immoral) leadership
Reliance on record-keeping
Astronomy & math
Chaos! & Violence
Confucianism, Mohism, Daoism, Legalism
Standardization of writing
Suppression of opposition
The Golden Age - magnetic compass, paper
Princes lose power to bureaucracy
Imperial family & scholar-gentry
Elevation of the "peasant"
The rise of feudalism
Complex class system (based on job)
Use of the family structure (patrilinear)
Gender relations more strict/divisive
Focus on the market
Long-distance trade (roads!)
Merchants lose independence
State monopolies (salt, iron, wine)
Price controlled silk & Iron
Long canals & widespread irrigation
Controlling the floodplain
Access to natural resources increases
Deforestation, erosion, extinction
Efforts to increase cultivated land
"The state, the ruler, and the officials all depend on the people for their mandate"
Confrontations over the steppes