History Term
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human sacrifices
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A person who is killed as a part of a religious ceremony.
Ancient China performed a lot of human sacrifices.
clan
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a large group of family and friends.
My clan and I have a picnic each year.
Shang Dynasty
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One of China's earliest dynastys.
The Shang Dynasty had social structure.
ancestor worship
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honoring ancestors through rituals.
The religion of the Shang centered on ancestor worship.
logograph
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a written chinese character that represents a word.
The Shang used logographs.
economy
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a system of managing the wealth of a country or a region.
Today, China has a very good economy.
Confucianism
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China's greatest philosophy
Confucianism belives in respecting your elders.
Daoism/Taoism
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China's second great philosophy
One belife of Daoism is true harmony comes from opposite forces of nature called yin and yang.
Legalism
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China's third great philosophy.
Legalism was based on the idea that people most people were naturally selfish.
Mandate of Heaven
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a power or law believed to be granted by god.
The Mandate of Heaven can be a divine right to rule china.
feudalism
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a system of government based on landowners and tenants
Under feudalism, the king owned all the land.
Zhou Dynasty
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The dynasty that ruled after the Shang Dynasty.
The Zhou Dynasty ruled around 1045 B.C.E.
Confucius
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the founder of confucianism
Confucius lived from around 551 to 479 B.C.E.
civil servants
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a person who works for a government
Civil Servants were respected.
Qin Shihuangdi
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The ruler of the Qin Dynasty
Under Qin Shihuangdi's dynasty they built the great wall.
standardize
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to make the same
Our money in the U.S. is standardized.
exile
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living away from one's native country
Emperor Qin exiled his own mother.
immortal
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able to live forever
Qin wanted to be immortal
Han Dynasty
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The dynasty after the Qin Dynasty
The Han dynasty had many inventions
bureacucracy
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a form of government that is structured like a pyramid, with few people at the top and many at the bottom.
The government of china durning the Han Dynasty wasa bureacuracy.
calligraphy
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the art of fine handwriting
Paper was the ideal material for calligraphy.
anesthetic
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something that takes away the feeling of pain.
Han doctors discovered a type of wine that couldbe used as a anesthetic.
Silk Road
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a network of smaller trade routes that stretched more thatn 4,000 miles across Asia.
Traders traveled around the silk road, trading.
Zhang Qian
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a chinese explorer, called the father of the silk road.
Zhang Qian traveled along the silk road.