The Zhou Dynasty

By Matthew Martone

What is the Zhou Dynasty

the longest-lasting of China's dynasties. It came after the Shang Dynasty in 1600-1046 BC and it finished when the army of the Qin captured the city of Cheng Zhou in 256 BC.

How long the Dynasty lasted

  • Zhou dynasty almost ruled for a millennium, establishing the distinctive political and cultural Characteristics that were to be identified with china for the next 2000 years.
  • The Zhou coexisted with the Shang for many years, living just west of the Sheng territory

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Lasted 1600-1046 BC!

The art

  • The arts of the Zhou dynasty reflected the diversity of feudal states of wich it was composed and it eventually broke up.

Dramatic changes

During the Zhou dynasty, china underwent through dramatic changes, iron, ox drawn plows, cross bows, and horse back riding, were all introduced. Large scale irragation and water control projects were also instituted for the first time, greatly increasing the crop yield of the northern China plane
The Histories Part 23: The Zhou Dynasty