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Saturday, June 14, 2008

China's Dynastic History -- Han Dynasty

Han Dynasty

The Han Dynasty is still considered to be one of the greatest periods of China’s history. Agricultural abundance, internal social and civil peace, and a western expansion in militaristic and mercantile influence allowed the blooming of the newly unified China.

Split into two distinct periods, the Western Han and the Eastern Han Dynasties did share commonalities. The adoption of a Confucian philosophy for political and social governance leant itself to the creation of a dual-bureaucratic system, one central and one local. The central politicians made decisions concerning the appointment of regional governors, however, these local officials were given a high authority in the military, legal, and economic decisions of each sub-prefecture.

Notable Technologies of the Han Dynasty include paper, Steel works, hydro-bellowing systems, advances in agricultural machines, and a host of engineering marvels. The relative peace and harmony of the new unified China, in conjunction with the hugely expanded trade networks allowed for the sharing of goods and ideas across the great Asian continent as never before. A national postal network was formed during this time , only increasing the flow of information. The resulting development of the societies codes, tools, and culture were to leave a resounding mark on Chinese Civilization through even the present day.

For more information concerning the technological developments, social growth, and other advances attributed to the Han Dynasty please refer to the following or additional sites:

Wikipedia Entry
China History Forum

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