This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentations on Ancient Civilizations – Ancient China, East Asia & The Great Wall. The presentations together number 55 slides. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change them to fit your individual needs.
The mountains and deserts have played an important role in Asian history since they created natural barriers to outsiders. East Asia is home to long rivers, high plateaus, dry deserts, and rugged mountains. For thousands of years, East Asian people were isolated from the rest of the world—this allowed them to develop their culture in a unique way.
Despite the dry and mountainous terrain of East Asia, there are some low plains suitable for early civilization. The North China Plain is the main area where farming is done in China. The main food grown in China is rice. Rice grows best in warm areas that have flooded fields—often called rice paddies. Since rice produces more food per acre than wheat, it can support a much higher population.
Heavy summer rains and snow melt support 2 large river systems in East Asia. The Huang He or Yellow River is the 6th longest river in the world. It is called the Yellow River because the water picks up yellowish silt from the western half of the river. The river is known for silt it carries. Geographers estimate about 1.4 billion tons of silt flow into the Yellow Sea. This is where China’s early civilization began.
In China, the powerful families that controlled land became leaders of family-controlled governments called dynasties. Chinese history from ancient times until about 100 years ago, is divided by different ancient dynasties.
The Xia Dynasty (2000 BCE-1600 BCE)
The Shang Dynasty (1600 BCE-1046 BCE)
The Zhou Dynasty (1046 BCE-256 BCE)
The Qin Dynasty (221 BCE-206 BCE)
The Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE)
Chinese dynasties would continue to rule China until Medieval times when the Mongolians finally conquered China. Chinese families eventually fought back and regained control, which they maintained until 1911 when China experienced a civil war.
China is unique because they have continued the same culture since ancient times. There are very few examples of architecture from Ancient China or even Imperial China. China primarily used wood as its main building material like Mesopotamia, very few ancient structures exist today.
The Ancient Chinese Civilization, was one of the first 4 early civilizations to develop and thrive.
Power point presentation #1 is entitled, Ancient Civilizations - Ancient China & East Asia and contains 39 slides and covers the following:
Isolated by Geography
North China Plain
The Yellow River
Monsoons & Farming
Xia Dynasty & Silk
Xia Dynasty Real?
Divination & Ancestor Worship
The Shang Dynasty
The Zhou Dynasty
Iron Age of China
Government Controlled Agriculture (2)
“Mandate of Heaven”
Warring States Period
The Qin Dynasty
Qin Shi Huang
Building The Great Wall
Expanding the Wall
Terra Cotta Army
Qin Dynasty Impact
The Han Dynasty
Religion & Government
Period of Inventions
The Silk Road
Uniqueness of China
End of Presentation
The most recognizable symbol of China and its long and vivid history, the Great Wall of China consists of numerous walls and fortifications, many running parallel to each other. Originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the 3rd century as a means of preventing incursions from barbarian nomads into the Chinese Empire, the wall is one of the most extensive construction projects ever completed. The Great Wall never effectively prevented invaders from entering China, it came to function more as a psychological barrier between Chinese civilization and the world, and remains a powerful symbol of the country’s enduring strength.
Between the 18th and 20th centuries, the Great Wall emerged as the most common emblem of China for the Western world, and a symbol both physical–a manifestation of Chinese strength–and psychological–a representation of the barrier maintained by the Chinese state to repel foreign influences and exert control over its citizens.
Today, the Great Wall is generally recognized as one of the most impressive architectural feats in history. In 1987, UNESCO designated the Great Wall a World Heritage site, and a popular claim that emerged in the 20th century holds that it is the only man made structure that is visible from the moon.
Power point presentation #2 is entitled, the New Seven Wonders of the World – The Great Wall of China and contains 16 slides and covers the following:
Map of the Great Wall
Qin Dynasty Construction
Scope of the Project
History of the Great Wall (2)
The Wall & The Ming Dynasty
Ming Wall Expansion
Inner & Outer Walls
Significance of the Wall
The Wall Today
End of Presentation
This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... Ancient Civilizations.