Using the Han Dynasty as an example, create a sequence-of-events chart that illustrates the idea of the dynastic cycle.  Identify each stage of the Dynasty's  development, using SPECIFIC events in the  history of the Han period to illustrate each stage in the dynastic cycle.


  • To understand the reasons why the early years of the Han Dynasty were considered a Golden Age in Chinese history.
  • To explain how the Han Dynasty differed from the Ch'in [Qin].
  • To list the artistic and scientific accomplishments of the Han Emperor, Wu Ti.
  • To understand the role played by trade, especially along the Silk Road, in cultural diffusion.
  • To explain the circumstances that encouraged the spread of Buddhism in China.
  • To analyze the ways in which the Chinese changed Buddhism.
  • To be able to argue in support of the following statement:  A Chinese person could follow all three religions--Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism--and still not violate the beliefs of any of them.
  • To describe the ways n which the Han Dynasty was of lasting significance for Chinese history.
  • To describe the role played by the Yellow Turbans in the fall of the Han Dynasty.


  tributary system   tribute   Silk Road   cultural diffusion  Yellow Turbans


  Delineate the borders of the Han Dynasty on the map used in the
  last several lessons.

  On a NEW BLANK general map of Asia, draw the route of the
  Silk Road and label any major empires/civilizations/cities along
  its path.



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