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The Chinese gavernment revolved around the Mandate of Heaven which lasted until the early years of the twentieth century When the government and the environment were in good conndition it was believed that the present dynasty was favored by god If the government and environment were doing poorly it meant that god was not pleased with the present emperor and he was showing his unapproval by creating disasters such as flooding droughts and peasant riots With these signs the nobles would overthrow the dynasty causing this rage The dynastic cycle as historians call it today consisted of six basic steps that included the rise and fall of a dynasty First the new dynasty would gain power hurridly restore peace in China and then step foward to claim the Mandate of Heaven Next they would continue to maintain wealth and good citizens and the citizens would believe that they did have the Mandate of Heaven In due time however the dynasty would weaken forcing the emporer to raise the taxes Soon after that be it coincidence or not the land would encounter a serious flood drought or peasant uprising The people of China would realize that the present dynasty no longer had the Mandate of Heaven and they would plan a rebellion Finally they would overthrow the dynasty and sometimes kill the emporer and his family Following this horrific event a new family of nobles would come forth claiming the Mandate of Heaven An example of the dynastic cycle is seen in from the Qin Dynasty to the Han Dynasty to the Six Dynasties The Han Dynasty rose after the rebellions of the Qin Then Wu Ti who was emporer at the time brought new economic policies built canals established graineries for surplus grain increased taxes on merchants and created government monopolies on salt copper coins iron and liquor Everything was going well but good things dont last forever as you will soon see
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