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CAST OF CHARACTERS INTRODUCTION: The Creation of the Universe Chapter 1 PEKING MAN: Early Humans in China Did the bones belong to early humans, or to large apes? And where are they now? Chapter 2 "SURPRISE AND DELIGHT": The Discovery of China's First Culture China gets its start Chapter 3 LONGSHAN: China's First Civilization People living thousands of years ago set the scene for what China was to become Chapter 4 EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT THE WEATHER: Agriculture and Oracles Discovery of cracked animal bones opened up the world of China's Shang Dynasty Chapter 5 DRAGON BONES AND HIDDEN TREASURES: The Shang Court Powerful rulers held their people in an iron grip Chapter 6 "HEAVEN IS BRIGHTLY AWESOME": The Western Zhou Era and the Mandate of Heaven New kings claim that they rule with the support of heaven Chapter 7 WHO'S IN CHARGE?: The Rise of the Hegemons When kings ruled poorly and harshly, someone else had to take over Chapter 8 THE STORY OF SHENSHENG: Sacrifice and Statehood Problems in a blended family lead to tragedy and a change of government Chapter 9 FROM BRONZE TO PLASTIC: Crafts in Everyday Life Chinese crafts show what everyday life was like for the wealthy people who bought them, but little about their makers Chapter 10 A WISE MAN AND HIS FOLLOWERS: Confucius and Confucianism A wise man shapes Chinese thought Chapter 11 THE WAY: Laozi How do you live a good life in difficult times? Chapter 12 THE ART OF WAR: Warfare in Ancient China Chinese states were at war so often that tactics and equipment were constantly being improved until the army was a killing machine Chapter 13 CHINA GOES IMPERIAL: The Rise of the Unified State Ying Zheng becomes China's first emperor Chapter 14 KINGS AND COMMONERS: Liu Bang and the Founding of the Han Dynasty The great Han dynasty was founded by a peasant who became a powerful emperor Chapter 15 WHO'S CHINESE?: Ethnic Groups and China Different groups did not always mix harmoniously Chapter 16 "LOWLY AND WEAK": Women in Ancient China Ancient Chinese women had few rights, but some managed to make themselves heard Chapter 17 NEW WAYS OF DOING THINGS: Inventions and Technology Chinese inventions were often used in surprising ways Chapter 18 POWER AND PERSONALITY: Wang Mang A poor relation rises through the ranks to become emperor Chapter 19 A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GODS: The Rise of Daoism Daoism, or "the way," was China's first organized religion Chapter 20 "A GOLDEN MAN": Buddhism and the Silk Road A 4,000-mile long road brought not only luxury goods but a new religion to China Chapter 21 "SOMEONE WITH THE TALENT TO COMMAND": A General Takes Charge When China was falling apart, General Cao Cao stepped forward Chapter 22 A "BARBARIAN" LEADER: The Three Kingdoms and Liu Yuan With China in disarray, ruler succeeded ruler until a strong man stepped forward Chapter 23 A FOREIGN GOD UNITES CHINA: Buddhism after the Han When the government failed to bring the Chinese people together, religion gave them common ground EPILOGUE
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
China -- History -- To 221 B.C. -- Juvenile literature.
China -- History -- Qin dynasty, 221-207 B.C. -- Juvenile literature.
China -- History -- Han dynasty, 202 B.C.-220 A.D. -- Juvenile literature.