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ANT 215 Final Study Guide

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ANT 215 Final Study Guide ANT 215

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This study guide covers Ancient China and collapse of societies we studied throughout the course.
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Date Created: 04/23/16
Ancient China  Civilization mainly in northern, temperate region  Huang He Valley—Yellow River o Cradle for civilization o Floods spread disease/famine, yellow, produced fertile lands  Climate o North: moderate, warm summers/cold winter o South: tropical, warm/hot seasons with monsoons  Agriculture o Indigenous invention o Millet in Huang He Valley o Rice grown in south o Hemp textiles, pigs domesticated Yangshao Period (5000-3000 BC)  Well established villages using domestication (millet crops/hemp for textiles)  Spread out, using slash and burn subsistence (controlled burning); times of occupation then abandonment o Ban-po-ts’un  Long/continuous occupation  Houses with storage pits  Craft specialization: spindles for weaving/textiles, silk/flax, pottery production (using kiln) Longshan Period (3000-2205 BC)  Population consolidated and growing—moved to walled villages, fortification/space conservation  Rice cultivation increased  2200 BC: decreased population, creating distinct pottery  Culture Very close to state formation o Centered around long-houses o Millet/pig farmers o Social stratification b/w males & females (men viewed higher with more burial goods) o Craft specialization: carvings of jade, pottery o Copper/bronze metallurgy o Potter’s wheel/specialists o Mass burials—warfare o Social ranks depicted in burials/statues o Scapulimancy: Shamanism—one person connected to good/evil spirits and have the power to influence them, using in a trance during ritual (practice divination/healing)  Oracle bones with inscriptions to be read  Divination: seeking knowledge of future/unknown by supernatural means; did so by reading cracks in bones  Carved questions/pictographs on bones, fired and cracked to “read”, then chose outcome by sacrifice (although influenced from people) Erlitou Period (2205-1766 BC) Xia Dynasty  First dynasty of China (Shi Ji, Han Shu)  Transition period to more complex  Cultural complexity o Monumental architecture o Writing/script o Population increase o Specialization: use of bronze for ritual utensils, instruments, and weapons  Set foundation for Shang dynasty (16/1500 BC)  Erlitou site: first palace structure o Contained elite burials, ritual bronze vessels o Specialized workshops: elite bronze casting, turquoise, jade, ceramics o Jade blades: elite item, yazhang for ceremonies Shang Dynasty (1766-1122 BC)  Capital o Early: Ao o Later: An-yang  Become extremely skilled (over 100 craftsmen)  Bronze age emerges—becomes mass produced  Zhengzhou (Ao?): first capital with many skill shops, burial of dog/human skulls  Anyang: city with royal burials, industrial workshops, mixed residencies  Burials o Kings buried with most elite goods (jade, bronze, bones, ceramics)  Sacrificed humans when kings died o Tomb of Fu Hao (Queen & military general)  Late Shang: large ceremonial/administrative centers surrounded my peasants and pit house o Continued with early practices (jade/bronze specialization) o Monumental architecture with sacrificial burials, stocked tombs o Similar to Mesopotamia—specialization & wealth in burials and economy o Royal armies o Written language evolved to 3000 characters  Overview: o Second Chinese dynasty o Extensive used of oracle bones/divination ritual  Majority of script found on bones o Capital of Anyang o Architecture based, hunting, war, human sacrifice Zhou Period (1122-475/221 BC)  Conquered Shang—incorporated existing structures into Zhou  Feudal system: not all power centralized at settlement center o Kings ruled capital with little control over distant areas o “12 vassal/dukes” held kings power outside capital o hegemony (power) given to area with strongest military to protect others  Developments o Iron work by 600 BC o Larger cities—large populations, protected by walls, used irrigation o Increased interregional trade o Shifted most text to bronze rather than oracle bones Warring States (475-221 BC)  Main conflict b/w 350-250 BC  Dukes would revolt to obtain power of lands  Text on bamboo slips  Confucius emerges  Unification under Qin dynasty Confucius: philosopher born during warring states; focused on relationships between people  Confucianism: people will live harmoniously if they follow their role o Father-Son: son is loyal, father is just and fair o Ruler-Subject: subjects loyal, ruler helps people o Mandate of Heaven: gave power to rulers to govern based on fairness Rise of Qin State (246-221 BC)  Ying Zheng takes throne of Qin at 13 y/o  Unifies all of China in 221 BC through war/conquest o Changed name to Shihuangdi—first emperor  Capital: Xianyang was central, strong rule and land ownership under king Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC)  China named for this period  Established Imperial rule o Legalism: people and evil, to make them behave need strict punishment o Re-wrote history to purge records by burning text/killing scholars  Origin of Great Wall of China: built by slaves  Emperor Qin Shihuang o Paranoid/obsessed with immorality after 3 assassination attempts  Tried to find elixir of immortality (medical/magical potion to make immortal), died on trip o Brought army to afterlife—Terra Cotta soldiers o Terra Cotta soldiers: molds of parts assembled separately  Mausoleum & palace: took 800,000 workers and 36 years o Miniature kingdom with mercury rives/temples  Shihunagdi’s death ended dynasty Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD)  Founded by rebel ruler—Liu Bang  Interrupted by Xin dynasty 9-23 AD  “Golden age” of China o Highly centralized government, expanded territory o Founded Silk Road: trade routes to middle east/Europe o Invention/use of minted money  Han Culture o Stopped legalism brought back Confucianism o Continued Qin bureaucracy—non elected officials, administered civil service exam o Invented paper/compass o Silk Road: connecting to Asia and beyond o Highly stratified, political stability  Farmers below scholars  Women weaved, served families Collapse  Civilization constant: rise, peak, and decline  Very fragile, only a little to destabilize  Not all collapse is total—focus on cultural reconstruction instead of failure o New civilizations rise from ashes of old  Patterns: one civilization succeeding another o States collapse from—population decrease, less central politics, less architecture/art/literature, trade & crafts infrequent, ruling elites change  Evidence o Stop building and record keeping o Conflict—burials or battle wounds o Destruction of buildings (civil or invaders) o Rapid new/neighboring culture material or traditions  Cycle of State level society o 1) Emergence: new powers rise—justified by religion/higher powers; rapid growth in population and cities o 2) Plateau: *stable and slow growth; less justification of rule since taken for advantage o 3) Decline: less people, less stable economy and government; cause total collapse to shift in power Reasons for Decline  Economic: specialists need food/resources and when unable to provide they revolt against government; trade is weakened causing loss of power and prestige  Political: hereditary leaders are unfit weakening society; single rulers don’t give back up option and death shakes society; undermining of political power and viewing unift  Population: large shifts cause instability, new areas may have disease  Conquest/war: outside interference causing violence/death, lose resources when conquered; lose territory and either eliminated or absorbed into dominant power  Natural disasters: floods, earthquakes, drought causes production issues Summary of Collapses  Natural disaster: Minoan  Environmental: Anasazi, Moche, Old Kingdom/First intermediate Egypt  Ecological caused by humans: Maya, Teotihuacan, Mesopotamia  Warfare: Maya, Moche  Invasion: Egypt, Inca  Disease: Inca, Aztec  Economic: Great Zimbabwe  Social/political: Teotihuacan  Religious: Egpyt


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