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Copy of Copy of Chinese Feudalism

Grade 7
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Linda Kiefer

on 8 March 2015

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Transcript of Copy of Copy of Chinese Feudalism

Feudalism
A form of government used in ancient China.
Maintained order through an exchange of land, food, services, tribute and protection.
Lets imagine this red square is China. The land belongs to the king. But there is too much for the king to control on his own.
On his own he can really only control about this much.
So he decides to make an exchange with his close friends and relatives.
The King will let these people rule his lands and help them in times of war.
In exchange they will pay the King a tribute (money, food, gifts).
However, this is too much land even for these friends and relatives, known in feudal China as lords or shi.
They make an exchange with the peasants or farmers.
They will protect the peasants with their soldiers from bandits and allow the peasants to farm on their land.
In exchange the peasants will work for the shi and give them a portion of the harvest.
1) What is the relationship between the emperor and the peasants?
2) Imagine if the red emperor was replaced with a green emperor?
a) How might this affect the peasants?
b) How might this affect the shi?
c) Did this type of event ever occur in ancient China?

3) What if the emperor were removed entirely?
a) How might this affect the peasants?
b) How might this affect the shi?
c) Did this type of event ever occur in ancient China?

China did not have a strong central government.
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