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The Shang Dynasty The Shang dynasty also know as Yin was in power approximately from the years 1765 - 1027 BC According to the Chinese the start of the Shang dynasty began when Tang a man of great virtue and wisdom overthrew the decadent emperor Kie Kie was know to be the last man in the Hsia dynasty Britannica1 The Shang dynasty originated in what would be know today as Henan in the Yellow River valley This land was extremely rich in soil resulting in agriculture The soil was very loose resulting in severe damage from earthquakes The Yellow River valley was also very prone to bad flooding Early during the Shangs rule they over time expanded their dynasty vastly over China They extended as far north as mongolia and as far south as the Yangzi River Tangs anger and hatred for Kie had been on going for 17 years In approximated 1765 Kie was taken prisoner by Tang He was later slain Tang overthrew the Hsia dynasty and took the thrown for this he was know as a victorious and wonderful leader Tang was succeeded by hin grandson Between Tang and Hsin the last emperor of the Shang dynasty there were a total of 18 rulers The Shang dynasty was the first Ancient Chinese civilization that was studied on both an Archaeological and textual basis They were largely a part of the bronze age civilization The bronze age had seem to have come about in the year 2000 BC Most of the textual references that we have about the Shang dynasty came from oracle bones which were used to answer questions about the future Oracle bones generally answered questions about the future such as will emperor Tang have a son how many years will he be in power and so forth By the time of the Shang the art of oracle bones have been being used
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