Response History one Response and 2 reply Discussion: Power and Conflict in Ancient China: Zhou Dynasty 32 32 unread replies. 32 32 replies. As you revi

History one Response and 2 reply

Discussion: Power and Conflict in Ancient China: Zhou Dynasty

32 32 unread replies. 32 32 replies.

As you review the events of Ancient China this week, you’ll hear about the Zhou dynasty’s development of the Mandate of Heaven to legitimize their overthrow of the Shang dynasty. The concept of the Mandate of Heaven both legitimized the Zhou’s reign but also could cause conflict and an opening to challenge their authority.  This occurred several times during the long Zhou dynasty. Towards the end of the Zhou, many nobles began to challenge the Zhou’s leadership. Ultimately this resulted in the Warring States Period. Territorial nobles clashed with one another and with the Zhou. By 200 BCE, the Qin emerged victorious. 

This week’s course documents include a 
Zhou poem

Download Zhou poem or ode which discusses the Mandate of Heaven as well as sections of 
Sunzi’s Art of War


Download Sunzi’s Art of War
. Consider the rise and fall of the Zhou dynasty.  How do these pieces of literature serve as bookends to the Zhou? 


Initial response instructions: 

Construct an interpretation about the rise OR fall of the Zhou. If you would like to look at the beginning of the Zhou, use the ode about the Mandate of Heaven.  If you’d prefer to look at the collapse of the Zhou consider Sunzi and the Warring States Period.  

Your initial post must:

· include material from one of the primary sources

· incorporate evidence from our textbook

· provide some interpretation of how the primary source helps us better understand the historical event

· include a question about the primary source document for your classmates to respond to


Responses to classmates: 

If you tackle the rise of the Zhou, find a classmate who looked at the Warring States Period to respond to and vice-versa. You should be sure to circle back to your initial post and reply to classmates’ responses to your post. 

Note: Pt 1 is due by Feb 18 and Pt 2 by Feb 20.

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