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Shang Dynasty

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  1. Shang Dynasty • Years in Power • 1766 BC – 1050 BC • Established first dynasty • Ruled much of North China Plain • Built first walled cities • Nobles at the top/peasants at the bottom of social classes • Developed a system of writing

  2. Zhou Dynasty • Years in Power • 1050 BC – 221 BC • Longest Rule of any dynasty: 829 Years • War against invaders and among own lords ruling regions • Led to great disorder • Led to Dynastic Cycle

  3. Qin Dynasty • Years in Power • 221 BC – 210 BC • Qin is where the name “China” comes from • Shi Huangdi strengthened government. First Emperor • Built empire under one ruler • Built system of roads and established Chinese currency $ • Started building Great Wall

  4. Han Dynasty • Years in Power • 206 BC – 220 AD • Expanded Empire • Strong central government • Began trade with Europe and Central Asia along Silk Roads • Made China an advanced and rich civilization