Statue of Confucius at the entrance of the Confucius Temple in Beijing. Photo by Mr. Hall.
China before Confucius
Thinking about technology and states are good, loose ways of showing the bigger context of our first two units:
Late Neolithic Cultures and Bronze Age China. Source: Patricia Buckley Ebrey, The Cambridge Illustrated History of China, 2nd ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2010), 28.
The Axial Age in Chinese History. Source: Mr. Hall. (Download as PDF)
North China Plain during the late Spring and Autumn period (5th century BCE). Source: Wikimedia.
Confucius: Life and Times
For our next part, we will rely on very brief interviews with noted historians. This will be a three-step process:
Confucius: What did he think?
The second part of class will be dedicated to more open roundtable discussion dedicated to the thought of Confucius.
Homework: Assignment #102