The Ancient Chinese

The Ancient Chinese

by Virginia Schomp


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The emperor was at the top of society in ancient China. Nobles and civil servants tended to his needs and assisted in managing the government. The majority of people in ancient China were peasant farmers, merchants, and craft workers. The Chinese are credited with many important inventions, including the iron plow and magnetic compass. They also developed materials, such as silk and paper.

Focusing mainly on the Shang, Zhou, Qin, and Han dynasties, this book explores ancient China through its social structure. It takes a look at its people and details the duties of an emperor, the activities of a merchant, and much more. It also describes some of the discoveries and writings that have led to our present-day understanding of this fascinating civilization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780531167373
Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Series: People of the Ancient World
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 11 - 13 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction: At the Center of the World5
Chapter IKings and Emperors11
Chapter IICivil Servants and Nobles23
Chapter IIIPhilosophers and Holy Men34
Chapter IVPeasant Farmers and Soldiers43
Chapter VArtisans and Silk Makers53
Chapter VIMerchants and Traders61
Chapter VIIInventors, Scientists, and Healers68
Chapter VIIIWriters and Artists75
Chapter IXThe Legacy of Ancient China86
Time Line90
Biographical Dictionary94
To Find out More100

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