During this period, the Zhou were based along the Wei River in Shaanxi Province and ruled much of the Wei and Yellow River valleys as well as portions of the Yangzi and Han river systems. Far from this, the Zhou Dynasty noticed the birth of various Chinese philosophers at around 6 century BCE. The Zhou Dynasty ruled China longer than any other dynasty in Chinese history. During this era, Chinese writing improved, iron was introduced and …

Chinese bronze inscriptions, also commonly referred to as bronze script or bronzeware script, are writing in a variety of Chinese scripts on ritual bronzes such as zhōng bells and dǐng tripodal cauldrons from the Shang dynasty (2nd millennium BC) to the Zhou dynasty (11th–3rd century BC) and even later. These developments, which probably occurred in the later Zhou period, were manifested in greater central control over local governments and a more routinized agrarian taxation.

The Zhou Dynasty reigned over 1050- 256 BCE after conquering and succeeding the Shang Dynasty. The Zhou amalgam of city-states became progressively centralized and established increasingly impersonal political and economic institutions. During this era, Chinese writing improved, iron was introduced and advancements were made in philosophy and culture. The Zhou dynasty was noted for its many inventions and achievements.

The early years of this dynasty were marred with peace that later years strived to achieve once again. In this lesson, you will learn about how the Zhou Dynasty came to power, its government and economy.

The Zhou ruling dynasty was founded by King Wen, and solidified by his successor King Wu, who conquered the Shang Dynasty. Watch Queue Queue. Western Zhou art. People kept on making the bronze sacrificial jars and cups that they made under the Shang emperors.

(More about the Western Zhou)Bronze jars and cups.

Ancient Chinese writing evolved from the practice of divination during the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BCE). The rulers of this epoch were no strangers to battle, but they also created an environment where fascinating and long-standing cultural elements thrived.

Watch Queue Queue This video is unavailable. Ban Po was occupied c. 4500-3750 BCE and was discovered by workmen digging a foundation for a factory in 1953 CE. It persisted all the way from the 11th to the 3rd century BC. The Zhou Dynasty was the longest-lasting dynasty in Chinese history.

The first part of the Zhou Dynasty is called the Western Zhou, and it runs from about 1122 to about 722 BC.During the Western Zhou dynasty, art didn’t change very much from the Shang Dynasty that came before it. Some theories suggest that images and markings on pottery shards found at Ban Po Village are evidence of an early writing system but this claim has been challenged repeatedly. The rulers were kin-based, and the society was strictly tiered with a strong aristocracy …