Zhou dynasty

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Zhou dynasty

c. 1046 BC–256 BC
Population concentration an boondaries o the Wastren Zhou dynasty (1050–771 BC) in Cheenae
Population concentration an boondaries o the Wastren Zhou dynasty (1050–771 BC) in Cheenae
Common leidsAuld Cheenese
Auncestor worship
GovrenmentFeudal monarchy
• c. 1046–1043 BC
Keeng Wu
• 781–771 BC
Keeng You
• 770–720 BC
Keeng Ping
• 314–256 BC
Keeng Nan
c. 1046 BC
• Relocation tae Chengzhou
771 BC
• Fall to Qin
256 BC
• 273 BC
• 230 BC
CurrencyMaistly spade coins an knife coins
Precedit bi
Succeedit bi
Shang dynasty
Qin dynasty

The Zhou dynasty (Cheenese: 周朝; pinyin: Zhōu Cháo; Wade–Giles: Chou1 Ch'ao2 [tʂóʊ tʂʰɑ̌ʊ]) wis a Cheenese dynasty that follaed the Shang dynasty an precedit the Qin dynasty. The Zhou dynasty lastit langer nor ony ither dynasty in Cheenese history (790 year). The militar control o Cheenae bi the ryal house, surnamed Ji, lastit ineetially frae 1046 till 771 BC for a period kent as the Wastren Zhou an the poleetical sphere o influence it creatit conteena'd weel intae Eastren Zhou for anither 500 year.

In the Zhou Dynasty, centralised pouer decreased ootthrou the Ware an Autumn period till the Warrin States period in the last twa centuries o the Zhou Dynasty. In this period, the Zhou coort haed little control ower its constituent states that war at war wi ilk ither till the Qin state consolidatit pouer an formed the Qin dynasty in 221 BC. The Zhou Dynasty haed formally collapsed anerly 35 year earlier, awtho the dynasty haed anerly nominal pouer at that pynt.

This period o Cheenese history produced whit mony conseeder the zenith o Cheenese bronze-ware makin. The Zhou dynasty an aw spans the period in that the written script evolved intae its awmaist-modren form wi the uise o an archaic clerical script that emerged in the late Warrin States period.