Zhou dynasty
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in the second and first millennia BCE the Shang and Zhou dynasties emerged.
The Zhou dynasty was from about 1045-221 B.C.E.

A-rts
A lot of their poterty was made out of bronze or and was decorated, depcting sceens of peoples lives or, more comonly, simple or complex ornamentation and paterns.
S-ocial
Men had the power as demonstrated by the Book of Songs telling of how wealthy young boys were given scepters while girls were given weaving looms. Originally the chinese believed in the concept of yin/yang, that men and women were equal, however they quickly decided men were more powerful.
P-olitical
The early period of 1045-771 B.C.E. was know as a period of prosperity and benevolent rule. Longest and most revered dynasty. Monarch was called the "Son of Heaven." King Wu distributed territories to loyal allies in order to manage everything and gain support. Eventually, due to the feudal division of power, the Zhou dynasty fell apart and the Eastern Zhou dynasty began (771 B.C.E.). With the increase of government a class of educated men offering rules aid arose.
R-eligion
They created the concept of Mandate of Heaven in order to justify their over throwing the Shang dynasty. It says that when something happens it is mandated by heaven. Changed the religion form an aloof deity Di to the compassionate Tian. Forms of divination developed, especially prominent was a method that involved throwing different sized stalks and interpreting their patterns.
I-deas/technologie
They used fang shui in order to orient everything in a connected way. Many books have survived which show their lifestyles, religion, and attitudes towards war; such as the Book of Changes, Book of Songs Book of Documents, Spring and Autumn Annals and the Art of War.
T-rade/economic
War was mostly for the elite and Sunzi's Art of War describes how it was similar to a chess game or battle of strategy. Later on in the dynasty it became more important with the creating of iron. 481-221 B.C.E. is known as the Waring States Period, because they fought and conquered each other a lot.
E-nvironment
Toward the end of the Zhou dynasty, family relationships changed, instead of clans they gravitated toward thee-generation family units. As the dynasty went on the kingdoms fought and shifted to bigger more powerful ones.
Other important information~
Some prominent people from the Zhou dynasty were- King Wu, who originally divided the dynasty amongst his relatives and most loyal allies, as a feudal system. When he died his brother Duke Zhou ruled while Cheng, Wu's son, was too young then he selflessly returned power to Cheng as soon as he was old enough. Confucius celebrated him for hil loyalty and lawfulness.
Early Zhou rules moved the capital to near modern Xi'an and aligned other cities with the north star, in accordance with fang shui.

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This map from ARTstor shows the division of power through large ~ ~ ~This picture from ARTstor is of a miror from the late zhou dynasty which was made out of
states during the Zhou dynasty around 770-481 B.C.E. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ bronze and has a painted depiction of people.

Zhou dynasty