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Zhou

The longest dynasty in Chinese history. Great age of early Chinese philosophy: Confucius and Laozi both date from this period. The Zhou kings, having conquered the Shang, established a principle of governance called the Mandate of Heaven, meaning that power was bestowed by Heaven and governance was determined by moral quality. The dynasty is usually divided into:

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