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Saturday, June 14, 2008

China's Dynastic History -- Xi'a Dynasty

Xia Dynasty

The Xia Dynasty still draws much debate and discussion from historians interested in the period of Chinese history that gave birth to its civilization. The major importance of this period is the unification that occurred, and the peaceful transition of power and leadership (sometimes through heritage). This five hundred year long period witnessed a number of soft “technologies” that would help to solidify the land of ancient China.

The formation of agrarian societies, as in other societies, led to a number of “radical” transitions for the early Chinese people. Long-term settlements stabilized the social network, allowing for reliable trade. The extensive waterworks built by the founding leader Yu brought relief from annual flooding, and earned the trust and respect from other tribal leaders, thus allowing the stabilization of the network.

Though no written records exist from this period, relics of the period have been left behind for our perusal, most notably the urban remains at Erlitou and Yanshi. While carbon-dating puts these sites and other smaller excavations in the correct time period, debate rages as to the extent of influence that the Xi leaders exerted over the region.

For more information please view some of these articles for in depth research and debates concerning the period.

Wikipedia Entry
National Gallery of Art (USA)
China History Forum (may require a registration to view)

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