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Early Asian Empires, 400 BC – AD 600

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    Early Asian Empires

    Time Line ... 322-232 BC Mauryan Empire

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    The Qin Dynasty

    The Qin Dynasty The Zhou dynasty began to collapse in the late 700s BC; the main cause was rivalry from the nearby tribes. By 403 BC, the area of Chinese civilization had expanded, spreading eastward to the coastline, south to the South China Sea, and north to the ...

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    The Han Dynasty

    The Han Dynasty The Han dynasty officially began in 206 BC and lasted until AD 220. Its long tenure was partly due to the great abilities of its first ruler. Gao-zu’s first acts in office were to undo some of the iron-fisted Qin dynasty policies; for ...

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    The Three Kingdoms Period

    The Three Kingdoms Period From AD 208 to 265, China was divided into the three kingdoms of Shu, Wei, and Wu; hence, this era is called the Three Kingdoms period. The Xiongnu put an end to a brief period of reunion by sweeping into China from the north, sacking the ...

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    The Silk Road

    The Silk Road During the second century BC, China began its long history of overland trade with the West via the Silk Road. The Silk Road is not literally one road, but rather the name given to an east-west trade route. The exact path that the merchants followed ...

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    The Mauryan Empire and Gupta Empire

    The Mauryan Empire By about 500 BC, there were small kingdoms scattered throughout the Ganges River valley. Magadah was the strongest, largely due to its favorable location. It controlled trade along the rivers and also had the advantage of a wealth of natural ...

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    Steppe Nomads of Central Asia

    Steppe Nomads of Central Asia From the sixth millennium BC, people had inhabited the steppes of Central Asia—this area includes present-day Mongolia, Russia, and Siberia. The steppes were bleak grasslands in a region whose borders were defined by the Ural ...

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    Early Asian Empires Practice Test

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