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The Han Dynasty
Achievements of the Han Dynasty
The thirst for new knowledge, ambitious experimentation, and unstinting intellectual enquiry are hallmarks of Han culture, and they helped, amongst other achievements, to develop the Silk Road trade network, invent new materials such as paper and glazed pottery, formulate history writing, and greatly improve agricultural tools, techniques, and yields.
Asia for Educators
University of Columbia
This reliable site from the University of Columbia contains a great deal of information about Ancient China.
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Dynasty and Emperor timeline
Encyclopedia Britannica; Ancient China; inventions
Ancient China; inventions
Articles, images, videos on the following inventions:
Astronomical Clock: The Story of China (PBS)
Explore the work and legacy of Su Song in this clip from The Story of China. Song was a scholar, civil servant and expert on a wide range of technical subjects including pharmaceutical botany, zoology and minerals, as well as calendar science and astronomy. He invented an astronomical clock for the emperor of China featuring a design involving a chain-drive mechanism added to a water-powered clock. It told the time of day, as well as the day of the month, and the phases of the moon
The Song Dynasty
China in 1000 CE: The Most Advanced Society in the World
Extensive site covering inventions such as:
- printing and movable type
- ship building and the compass
- mechanical clock
Drop down the Technology menu to explore these inventions.
China's Age of Invention
Printing, paper money, porcelain, tea, restaurants, gunpowder, the compass—the number of things that Chinese of the Song Dynasty (A.D. 960-1280) gave to the world is mind-boggling. This vibrant period in Chinese history was marked by economic prosperity and remarkable technological innovation. In this interview, China expert Robin D. S. Yates, Professor of History and East Asian Studies at McGill University, describes this exceptional era and how it influenced the course of world history.