Woodblock printing Woodblock printing is a technique for printing text, images or patterns that was used widely throughout East Asia.
In this period, local military leaders used by the Zhou began to assert their power and vie for hegemony. The situation was aggravated by the invasion of other peoples from the northwest, such as the Qinforcing the Zhou to move their capital east to Luoyang.
This marks the second major phase of the Zhou dynasty: The Spring and Autumn period is marked by a falling apart of the central Zhou power. In each of the hundreds of states that eventually arose, local strongmen held most of the political power and continued their subservience to the Zhou kings in name only.
Some local leaders even started using royal titles for themselves. China now consisted of hundreds of states, some of them only as large as a village with a fort.
As the era continued, larger and more powerful states annexed or claimed suzerainty over smaller ones. By the 6th century BCE most small states had disappeared from being annexed and just a few large and powerful principalities dominated China.
Some southern states, such as Chu and Wu, claimed independence from the Zhou, who undertook wars against some of them Wu and Yue. Many new cities were established in this period and Chinese culture was slowly shaped.
The Hundred Schools of Thought of Chinese philosophy blossomed during this period, and such influential intellectual movements as ConfucianismTaoismLegalism and Mohism were founded, partly in response to the changing political world.
The first two philosophical thoughts would have an enormous influence on Chinese culture. Bi disc with a dual dragon motif, Warring States period A cup carved from crystalunearthed at Banshan, Hangzhou.
After further political consolidation, seven prominent states remained by the end of 5th century BCE, and the years in which these few states battled each other are known as the Warring States period. Though there remained a nominal Zhou king until BCE, he was largely a figurehead and held little real power.
The final expansion in this period began during the reign of Ying Zhengthe king of Qin.
Imperial China "Empire of China" redirects here. For the empire founded by Yuan Shikai, see Empire of China — The Imperial China Period can be divided into three subperiods: Early, Middle, and Late.
Major events in the Early subperiod include the Qin unification of China and their replacement by the Han, the First Split followed by the Jin unification, and the loss of north China. The Middle subperiod was marked by the Sui unification and their supplementation by the Tang, the Second Split, and the Song unification.
The Late subperiod included the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. Qin dynasty — BC.13 Mins Ago.
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