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HIST 1005 Week 4 Notes

by: Madeline Meyer

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These notes cover the Shang State, the Hebrews, the Assyrian Empire, the Neo-Babylonian Empire, and the Persian Empire.
World History to 1500
Dr. Jason Wolfe
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Shang dynasty, Hebrews, assyria, neo-babylonian, Persia
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Date Created: 09/16/16
Rise of the Shang State (1600-1045 BCE)  After the floods, we see a rise of Shang  Shang developed foundation myths to unify the state o Stories collected in the “Bamboo Animals”  Geographical boundaries are not clearly defined  Their religion was based on ancestral worship (more focused on humans than on Gods)  Co-opted the Monshu culture  Justified rule by heredity  Called any other practicing culture “Fang” – emphasis on self vs. other, which causes more wars Tang – the first Shang ruler that defeated Xia King o Shang capitals were very mobile, without a central city state, and he would visit the city states o The population was dispersed roughly even throughout o The city states often acted autonomously but still paid tribute to the king State Formation  State grew from agriculture (rice and millet) and Bronze age technology  Controlled access of metal industry  Longshan people introduced elements of the state: o Bronze industry based on copper o Pottery-making o Divination using animal “oracle” bones o Standardized architectural forms and walled towns Dynasty  Lineage of hereditary rulers – offered stability for state  Written records o Writing could have developed in China 5-6,00 years ago but was likely lost from writing on bamboo paper that decomposes after a few years  Tribute – giving taxes and military service to the king for the good of the stat  Elaborate rituals – using oracle bones for advice on things in the future like whether to go to war or if one was going to have a boy or girl  Centralized forms of control – the strong leader would visit all the states, which increases respect for the leader and provided stability  Expanded and protected borders, often over bronze o Used horses and chariots – Shang chariot’s were often better than the earlier chariots since they used interchangeable parts, which made them more efficient with quicker repairs  Did not use chariots often due to large standing army Metalworking, agriculture, and tribute  Agriculture is important in maintaining power o Rulers controlled their own farms o New technologies led to a rise in food production  Drained low-lying fields and removed forests to add land  Used farm tools (stone plows, spades, and sickles)  Cultivated silk worms and other animals  Tracked growing seasons – early stages of astronomy and meteorology  Developed 12 month calendar with 360 days and a lunar calendar, aiding in tide prediction  Divination causes people not to question things, which allowed for a great amount of stability The Hebrews “The Children of Israel”  Israelites technically means soldiers of God  Hebrew Bible/Old Testament – tells us a lot of what we know about the Hebrews by setting up rules for life and giving a history of the world as they knew it (not extremely reliable, not written by historians)  Descendants of Abrahams – believed they were personally descendants of Abraham  Gave legacy of monotheism Migration to Egypt (2000-1500 BCE): Hebrew people become enslaved by Egyptians (Pharaoh Ramsey II)  Moses frees them in 1250 BCE (book of Exodus)  Move out of Egypt to Palestine, where people are there and they assimilate The United Kingdom and Hebrew Political Influence (12 tribes under 1 rule) Kings Saul (1020-1000 BCE) David (1000-970 BCE) – a man who has several wives sees a woman in a bathtub that he wants. Yet, she is married to a soldier. He sends her husband to war, and the husband dies. The woman becomes one of his wives. o Ironic because Hebrew religion praises moral principle o Relocated capital to Jerusalem Solomon (970-930 BCE) – known for being wise o Builds temple in Jerusalem that holds the Arc of the Covenant (holds the tablet of the original 10 commandments) The Divided Kingdom  Disagreement over linage for reign over kingdom after Solomon  10 tribes in North and 2 in the South  Kingdom of Israel o 10 northern tribes o Capital is Samaria  Kingdom of Judah o 2 southern tribes o Capital is Jerusalem  Assyria conquers Kingdom of Israel (722 BCE) o To keep empire stability, Assyrians killed many people, kept the intellectuals, and spread any surviving members around in order to force them to assimilate  Chaldean “Neo-Babylonians” conquer Kingdom of Judah (586 BCE) o Destruction of any Hebrew kingdom o There will be no Hebrew nation until 1948 o Babylonian captivity until then o Jerusalem destroyed Spiritual Dimensions of Israel  Yahweh (monotheism) – the supreme being o Personal relationship with God (no longer having Gods that are indifferent to humans) o Covenant with Yahweh to respect laws o Laws: 10 commandments and political, social, and economic regulations o Prophets  Yahweh’s voice to his people  Universalism and social justice (occult altruism  Separation between Jews and non-Jews Empire vs. Kingdom Empires have colonies/territories and are focused on spreading out their kingdom and acquiring other’s land and resources -Generally have different ethnic groups being ruled over by the one kingdom, forcing them to assimilate Assyrian Empire  Spoke the Semitic language  First to promote “ethnic cleansing” – called Assyrianization, forced a process of assimilation  Iron weapons allowed them to expand their empire – could outfight bronze age technology  To combat walled cities, they would climb the walls Ashurbanipal (669-626 BCE) – greatest Assyrian leader, empire at peak during his rule  Assyrians worshiped the God Ashur who wanted them to conquer the world  After so many victories, the people truly believed, saying, “God is on our side.” Governing empire:  Absolute kings  Well-organized – able to collect taxes and war booty from conquered territories to help pay for military Military: improved warfare, started the beginnings of modern warfare  Had a large military (about 50k)  Discipline – had a more professional outlook by paying the military that ensured their loyalty  Iron weapons  Different tactics – using cavalry (domestication of horses) allowed them to change tactics quickly  Used terror as an instrument of warfare – (aka psychological warfare) killed nearly everyone when they conquered territories, made bowls and cups of the skulls of their defeated, a form of propaganda Empire Falls Apart  The last charismatic strong leader dies  His next successor is not as great  Civil war occurs when all the groups that were forced to assimilate to team up against Assyria Neo-Assyrian Empire  Women in Assyria are more restricted than in Samaria or Old Babylonia o Had little control over their lives o Inheritance passed through the male line o Introduced “veiling” – controlled movement and access of women o All respectable women had to veil o Prostitutes would be killed or beaten for veiling Neo-Babylonian Empire The Chaldeans (about 15 million people)  Nebuchadnezzar (605-562 BCE) – conquers Israel and destroys temple in Jerusalem o Makes Babylon capital o Creates Hanging Gardens  Fell to Persians in 539 BCE after a bunch of bad rulers caused the people to lose faith and give the Persians war advice o Cyrus Cylinder – first declaration of human rights, created by Persian King Cyrus Persian Empire  Largest empire in human history, about 35 million people  Part of nomadic group that came to Iranian plateau  Cyrus the Great (559-529 BCE) – conquered Kingdom of Lydia, Greek city states, and Mesopotamia  Cambyses II (529-522 BCE) – conquered Egypt  Danus the Great (521-486 BCE) – conquered West India, constructed Persepolis Governing  Military had about 150-200k people  Allowed their people to maintain personal identity  Believed all empires were equal  Lingua Franca was official language among the many other local languages  Satrapies (provinces) were ruled by Satraps (governors)  Meritocracy – merit allows for promotion, mobility in classes  Promoted trade: o Built Royal Road from Sardis to Susa o Had standardized currency (coinage) o Standardized weights and measures Downfall  They got too big  Could not control everyone due to overreach problems


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