Change Analysis: by Ira C.

Society: Classical China

Time Period: 1000 B.C.E- 500 C.E. 

Significant Events During Time Period: Laozi and Daoism, editing of the Five Classics, Zhou Dynasty, introduction of a standard spoken language

Characteristics at the Beginning of the Time Period: built on earlier achievements (river valley predecessors)

Characteristics at the End of the Time Period: had its own social structure, religion, political system, system of science, and styles of art 

Political: throughout the Han and Qin, the Chinese state bureaucracy, ensured that the central government held power over almost everyone

Social: politics and culture tied in together for the Chinese

Economic: extensive internal trade and important technological advances

Artistic: Neolithic pottery, Jade culture, Bronze casting; styles reflected geometric qualities of the symbols of Chinese writing

Religious: Confucianism and Daoism

Intellectual: Scholars studied the mathematics of music. This practical focus contrasted with the more abstract approach to science applied by Greeks.

Military: 1600 B.C.- China emerges as an expanding nation along the Yellow River

Geographic: China expanded (an example is The Great Wall)

Demographic: About 13.55 million in 2200 B.C., during the Xia Dynasty; about 20 million in 221 B.C., during Qin Dynasty

Women’s Status: Marriages were arranged, husbands had authority of their wives and children

Causes and Impact of Changes: China had one of the longest lasting society and they evolved to ensure the problem of power was no longer present