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1. The Dynastic Cycle
Mandate of Heaven
Enemies in the north
2. Where did the Chinese come from?
3. First Chinese writing: The Shang Dynasty, 1600 BC - 1046 BC
4. Foundation: The Zhou Dynasty, 1046 BC - 256 BC
A hundred schools of thought
5. Unification: The Qin Dynasty, 221 BC - 206 BC
A legalist war machine
"It's suicide to fight the entire empire"
6. Centralized empire building: The Han Dynasty, 202 BC - 220
The age of heroes
The New Dynasty and its Confucian reform
Bad luck: gigantic floods and rebellions
The Han restoration
Staff the system with better people
Troubles at the inner court
The 'Way of Supreme Peace' rebellion
Political and cultural legacy
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