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Well, I think that just about wraps it up for now, so I hope you learned a lot, see you next time!
There were three social classes in the Chinese social structure. The rich and royal made up the Elite class, those who made things for the Elite were the Peasants and Craftsmen, and the people with the lowest status who worked for the Elites made up the Unskilled Workers and Slaves class.
Around 1050 BCE the Zhou overthrew the Shang Dynasty because the Shang were doing a poor job taking care of the civilization. However, the Zhou needed an excuse...
This is where the Mandate of Heaven came into play. The Mandate of Heaven was the belief that if anything bad would happen, it was because heaven was telling them that the leader should be overthrown at once.
The people connected with their ancient ancestors through oracle bones. Shamans asked the ancestors a question and looked at the animal bones, such as turtle bones, and interpreted the answer based on cracks in the bones.
During this time period, many followed Confucianism, which stated that there needed to be a strong centralized government.
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