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What is the vedic society?

What is the vedic society?


School: Auburn University
Department: History
Course: World History I
Professor: Donna bohanan
Term: Fall 2015
Tags: Rome and China
Cost: 50
Name: History 1010- Study Guide- Test 2
Description: These are most of the main concepts for material that will be covered on exam 2
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History 1010- Study Guide  

What is the vedic society?

∙ You are able to track people through their stuff, therefore,  you can also track people through their languages o The Indo-Europeans  

o Migration to Indus River Valley begins 1500 BCE  (DATES ARE IMPORTANT, but think of it more as a  timeline)  

o Migration to the Ganges River Valley begins 1000  BCE  

∙ The Vedic Society- was unified culturally and not politically  ∙ Brahmans= priests  

∙ Ksatriyas= kings and warriors  

∙ Vaisyas= merchants and peasants  Don't forget about the age old question of How do we measure economic inequality?

∙ Shudras= servants  

∙ The Vedic Society was all about gods, drugs, and heroes  o Indra- god of war  

o Agni- god of fire  

o Varuna- god of water  

What are brahmans?

o Some- not only a god but a hallucinating drug as  well  

∙ Vedic society changes throughout the Axial Age  ∙ Upanishads (c. 700 BCE)  

o Transformation of “Vedic” religion  

o Brahma: the “cosmic universe”  

o Atman: “eternal soul”  

o Karma: “action”  

∙ South Asia (ca. 500 BCE)

o Brahminism- this religion questions the absolutes of  the world, wondering what is actually real, the  validity of time, and of consciousness and so on/  individual lives lived by mindful action in the world  

 Atman= eternal soul  

 Karma= action  

 Dharma= the teachings of buddhism

o Janism: the root of this religion rests in the idea that the world is something to be avoided and that your  humanity should be rejected/ Ahimsa= non  

What are ksatriyas?

Don't forget about the age old question of Why is dna replication considered semi-conservative?

violence/ harm no other living being  

o Buddhism- The Eightfold Path/ the four noble truths   Life is suffering

 Suffering is caused by desire/attachment  

 Freedom from desire/attachment means  

freedom from suffering  

 The Eightfold Path can bring freedom from  

desire/ attachment, thus, freedom from  


 The Buddha (ca. 563-483)  

Zipping forward in time-> (4th-3rd BCE)  

o The Mauryan Empire  

o Chandragupta (321-297 BCE)  

o Ashoka (268-231 BCE)  

o Edicts of Ashoka- laws carved on rocks and pillars  throughout Ashoka’s empire in the 3rd c. BCE  

Zhou China  

o Shang State (1600-1045 BCE)  


o The Zhou- initially a small state on the fringes of the  Shang State

o 1045 BCE: King Wu of the Zhou defeats the Shang!!!  

o The Mandate of Heaven (will be used as justification and  guide for ruling later on)  

o Di remains ”high god”  

o The Mandate of Heaven can be gained or lost/ refers less to a specific god than the idea of the will of the  universe. Cosmic/ psychic power  If you want to learn more check out What is the mental process or faculty by which knowledge is acquired?
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o Mandate= the right to rule  

o The Western Zhou (1045-771 BCE)  

o Capital was Xianyang  

o The Eastern Zhou ( 1045- 771 BCE)  

o A time of states at war  

o Sunzi- The Art of War  

o Military is a way of deception  

o This book (the Art of War) describes how to win  

o Keep in mind that the Western Zhou and Eastern Zhou  are more of time periods rather than actual locations  

o The Hundred Schools of Thought  

o Political and philosophical reflections on society  

o Confucian thought- look back to the golden ages of order and stability (the Western Zhou)  

o Absence of deity who demands certain behaviors  o HUMANS ARE NATURALLY GOOD  

o Key concepts=  

o Humaneness- ren or jen  


 Teachings of Confucianism are broadly  


o Ritual or rites- li  

 How you interact with people going through  everyday life  

o Filiality= xiao  

 This is respect for parents If you want to learn more check out How is usda soil textural triangle used to determine a soil’s textural class?

o Mohism- utilitarian philosophy  

o Universal love  

o Treat other people as family even though they are  not  Don't forget about the age old question of What are the main sources of primitive accumulation of capital?

o Legalism- humans are inherently evil and selfish o Strict laws and punishments  

o Daoism  

o Artificial action vs. nonaction (wuwei)  

o The universe is doing its own thing no matter what  we do  

o Dao (The Way) the impersonal law of the Universe  (e.g. yin yang)  

o A good way to understand this is Newton’s third law: every action has an equal and opposite reaction  

Greeks and the Hellenistic World  

o Broad area in the Mediterranean Sea  

o People united by language  

o The Greek world gets its identity from the fringes of the  Persian Empire  

o Greco-Persian wars

o Battle of Salamis- 479 BCE  


o Greek world is unified culturally  

o Agora- market found at the middle of every city-state  

o Athens- sold as birthplace of democracy (however, not  what we would think about as it is today in the United  States)  

o Voting is only given to free male citizens which make up  about 17% of population  

o Sparta- opposite of Athens  

o Society that is continuously training for war  

o After defeat of Persians, Athens tries to conquer  neighboring city states- Athens transforms into an  empire  

o The Peloponnesian War  

o Warfare- Trireme, Hoplites  

o Socrates (427-399 BCE)  

o Plato (427-347 BCE)  

o We only believe what we have seen before, nothing  beyond the world of shadows  

o Aristotle (384-322 BCE)  

o Empiricism= knowledgeable through observation o Alexander the Great (336-323 BCE)  

o Long story short, he invaded Persian Empire, and  within the next 11 years he will conquer the  

Persians, Egypt, and various neighboring city states  o Macedonia  

o He does not create a unified empire, but he did start the making of one. His generals divide up the  

territory and later on we see how these worlds are  closely connected (with Arsinoe II)  


o Hellenistic World (323 BCE) this is a Greek  

culture/unity that gets spread across the nation.  This shared cultures makes new connections and  exchanges possible  

o Shared language koine  

o Different philosophies arise  

 Cynicism- reject society’s pointless conventions

 Epicureanism- pursuit of pleasure/ absence of  disturbance  

 Stoicism- engage with the world, but with calm  indifference  

o Maccabees: armed revolt in Judea in 167 BCE  because Jews felt as if they were being forced to  adhere to this new culture and tradition  

Qin/Han China  

 Qin- 221 BCE/ unification under Shi Huangdi (221-210)   Legalist society  

 Created a standardized empire  

o Registration, ranking system

 The Burning of the Books and Burying of Scholars

o A successful attempt to standardize thought along  with goods and services. The Legalist advisors did  not want anyone to question their judgement calls  and decisions. Therefore they killed a lot of  

Confucian scholars and burned their books  

 Liu Bang (206-195) defeats Qin and begins the Han  empire under Confucian thoughts but still keeping the  standardization that the Qin had created  

 Han balances the court and emperor with democracy  6

Imperial Rome  

o Mauryan- “Dhamma, Buddhism”  

o Qin- standardization, legalism  

o Han- bureaucracy, Confucianism  

o At the same time that the Han has a stable empire in  the East, Rome is building their stable empire in the  West  

o Rome starts out as a competing city state on Italian  peninsula (LOOK FOR BOOT FOR GEOGRAPHY  


o Rome uses snowball method (conquer one city-state,  join together, then capture the next, so on and so on)  

o Rome vs Carthage (The Punic Wars 200s BCE)  

o Roman society is made up of patricians, plebeians,  and non-citizens  

o “Republican” Rome- 500 BCE “Kill the King!!”  

o having one person in power is a bad thing;  

having one person in charge will lead to that  

single being abusing his power; therefore, kill the king!  

o Republican= government elected by  


o Senate: group of most powerful and wealthy  citizens  

o Consuls: two men elected to wage war (in charge of army)  

 Term limits! (1 year) (this is important in the primary source regarding Octavian because  

he ends up serving more than one term as  



o Tribunes: ten men who represent plebeian  


o Gracchus brothers- assassinated because they spoke  out in the interests of the plebeians (which is their  job) This is a representation of the breakdown of the  system

o Leads to civil war

o “personal armies” soldiers are more loyal to general  than senate, end up following general to conquer  their own empire (e.g. Julius Caesar) Caesar calls  himself a dictator (not what we define it as today)  

o being a general is a quick way to become emperor  o Pax Romana- period of relative peace and stability  

o Important aspects of Roman culture- military, slavery  (chattel), pubic games, romanitas (a culture of the  elite)  

o Roads, language (Latin), amphitheaters, temples  

o You can go anywhere in Rome and find basically  the same stuff around you. Creates that feeling  of home and familiar landscapes  

o Barbarians – not necessarily the people who aren’t  Romans, but what Romans are not  


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