Influences of Confucianism Legalism & Buddhism on Chinese Empires Paper

You may use the textbook for background information, but the paper must be principally based on your reading of the assigned primary sources.

1. Describe the influences that Confucianism, Legalism, and Buddhism had on Chinese empires and society. In the period we have studied so far, how were specific elements of these ideologies incorporated into various governments and aspects of society, and, where relevant, to what end?

2. How did the interactions between Han (the ethnic group, not the dynasty) and non-Han peoples and cultures shape the formation of Chinese empires and civilization in the period covered by class so far? Use specific examples.

Readings: Cambridge History, pgs.1-59; Sourcebook, readings 6-8

Cambridge History, pgs. 60-95; Sourcebook, rdgs. 12, 14, 15, 17, and 24.

Cambridge History, pgs. 95-135; Sourcebook, rdgs. 22, 25, 26, and 31; “The Scripture in Forty-Two Sections”

Cambridge History, pgs. 136-190; Sourcebook, rdgs. 32. 38, 41, and 44; “Getting Along with Relatives” and Managing Family Affairs”