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The Shang Dynasty has the earliest recorded written history The Shang Dynasty was from 1600-1046 BC It lasted over 500 years and belonged to seventeen generations It arose during the Bronze Age in China Thousands of archaeological findings have been found in and by the Yellow River valley The cradle of Chinese civilization The Shang Dynasty of China was the second hereditary dynasty in China It lasted almost six hundred years with thirty-one kings and seventeen generations The Shang used to be an old tribe that lived in the lower reach of the Yellow River It was a tributary of the Xia Kingdom At the end of the Xia the last ruler Jie was a tyrant who made his people live in misery The chief of the Shang tribe Tang led an insurgent army and overthrew the Xia Dynasty Tang then established the Shang Dynasty and made Bo his capital city The Shang Dynasty was the second monarchical state in Chinese history Tang the founder of Shang having drawn lessons from the ruin of the previous dynasty treated his people benevolently and employed many able and virtuous ministers The Shang made great progresses in its economy during the reign of Tang The geography of China is in two different groups divided by a line running diagonally from the Greater Hinggan Plateau southwestward to the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau The country west of this line is dominated by lofty mountains plateaus and desserts South and East of the dividing line is a country filled with alluvial planes and terraced hills All buildings in the city were rectangular and were made of mud with wooden beams In addition to the King the nobility lived within the city The peasants often lived outside of the city although there were few within the walls of the city Those who lived within the city lived in pits and cellars The common folk outside the city lived in villages The peasants operated on
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