Chinese History - Opium wars, Taiping rebellion, boxer rebellion and the long march.
Assignment - China
a. Discuss the Chinese ideas of the dynastic cycle and the mandate of heaven.
The Mandate of Heaven was a Chinese concept used to support the rule of the kings of the Zhou Dynasty and later the Emperors of China. The concept of the Mandate of Heaven was based on the blessing of Heaven and that if a king ruled unwisely; Heaven would be displeased and would give the Mandate to someone else. It is first found discussed in writings recording the words of the Duke of Zhou, younger brother of King Wu of Zhou and regent for King Wu's infant son King Cheng of Zhou, and he is usu…
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