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Department
History
Course
HIST 1005
Professor
Shayne Clarke
Semester
Fall

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September 30, 2013 The Ming Dynasty was a time of great cultural exchange Foreign trade relations went through the tributary system The dynastic system lasted in China from 200 BC to 1912 AD China was most culturalized during the Ming and Qing dynasties The Great Walls were built wholly in the Ming dynasty The Walls are not all connected  You can’t see it from the moon The walls ultimately didn’t work for protection People defending the walls let enemies through The Mandate of Heaven legitimized the divine right to rule By overthrowing the ruler in place, you overthrow the symbolic weight of the divinity of rulers The dragon is symbolic of the emperor and the phoenix is the symbol of the empress Where did the concept behind a dragon and a phoenix come from? European, Chinese or Persian? Dragons are divine, and they live in the heavens and under the earth When the dragons are upset they start to move around and get agitated Above ground, moving dragons cause thunder storms and hurricanes Below ground they cause earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis People can undertake the big attempt or the big endeavor when they judged through the signs that  the mandate of heaven had been lost by the current empire If the challenger beats the emperor, clearly the mandate had been lost If the challenger fails, the mandate remained, and his uprising was ve
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