Define Dynastic Cycle

Discipline: History

Type of Paper: Question-Answer

Academic Level: Undergrad. (yrs 3-4)

Paper Format: APA

Pages: 1 Words: 275


Define Dynastic Cycle

Dynastic cycle is an important political theory in Chinese history. According to this theory, everydynasty goes through a culture cycle.

A new ruler unites China, founds a new dynasty, and gains the Mandate of Heaven.

2 China, under the new dynasty, achieves prosperity.

3 The population increases

4 Corruption becomes rampant in the imperial court, and the empire begins to enter decline and instability.

5 A natural disaster wipes out farm land. The disaster normally would not have been a problem; however, together with the corruption and overpopulation it causes famine.

6 The famine causes the population to rebel and a civil war ensues

7 The ruler loses the Mandate of Heaven.

8 The population decreases because of the violence.

9 China goes through a warring states period

10 One state emerges victorious.

11 The state starts a new empire.

12 (The cycle repeats itself.)

what allowed da dynastic cycle to last so long?
political situation was instable disorder nation reduced to heap of sand