no notes COT Post-Classical China

Posted by Paul Davis on 11/7/2017

Hey WHAP'ers,

                As you have off today for Electiob day I will throw in a China influence. IN the 16th century Jesuit Missionary Matteo Ricci entered the Ming Dynasty and shared Christian ideas, calendar making and built schools. In return, he learned about the Mandate of Heaven and concepts of Neo-Confucianism. The idea that when a government does not come from the consent of the governed and that the people have the right to rebel ( or vote for another candidate) may have been borne in China for teh most part. This concept helped pass post-classical Sui-Tang-Song-Yuan and Eraly Ming. Although you may discuss some or all of thesee dynasties for your quiz, my focus was on what some consider China's Renaissance. Note: it happened 800 years before Europe's and included many contributions in the form of banking, paper money, letters of credit, guilds, infrastructure like the Grand Canal to support trade, the establishment of mutiple tributary states like Korea's kingdom of the Silla and was hegemonic ( dominnat politically, economically and culturally in the Eastern and SE Easern Asian region). While te pendulum would swing from Buddhist patronization, women's elevation and extensive territorial expansion to paying nomads tribute, combining Buddhism with Confucianism and Taoism into Neo-Confucianism and binsing of women's feet in the Song Dynatsy, the subsequent reverberations would maintain a staple of Chinese political, economic and social culture. So here we go:

I From 600-1450 in China, predominant meritocracy would help organized bureaucracy with the civil service exam, however, reaction to elevated wommen's status would see their roles incraesingly constricted through footbinding and the economic advances would illustrate the worlds first commercial revolution with teh establishment of banks, paper currency and letters of credit.

II. A well-qualified bureaucracy where individuals worked for the purpose of doing a job well-done seemed to satisfy both the realtions of the 5 relationships and ensured a well-run Dynsty to continue maintaining the Mandate of Heaven. Individuals who would pass this rigorous examination would benefit the government by performing their duties to the best of their abilities which happened to be proven by their scholarly aptitude.

III. Women whose subservience was reinforced by Confucianism and Ban Zhou's "the adminition of women" saw a reversal of fortune briefly under the only female ruler (Empress Wu) but served to frighten patriarchal China into a backlash of binding girl's feet to render them immobile and unable to peerform duties outside the house. The culture of Chian caught onto this process and young girls recieved higher dowry paymets for bound feet and the "Golden Lotus" became the most coveted size 3 inch shoe which signified ideal beauty.

IV. State sponsorship of the economy (monopoly) sought to control financial affairs to garner more revenue for the bourgeoning sizable populations ( champa rice?) so they began creating ways like craeting paper currency, banking institutions and guilds to incraese the wealth of China with the new economic focus. Thses institutions would allow the transfer of goods, payment of taxes and generation of the support for businesses ( silk production, porcelain production, laquerware production) to bring more wealth and favorable balance of trade to post-classical China.

Good-luck with no notes, use charts, ch 8 take more notes, multple choice do nows and thesis statements in back as well as asking me any questions to get you through. I know you can do it, just needsmore effort. Don't forget to be awesome!!!!!!