Just at first glance, your Strayer 5 scores look weaker than your Strayer 4 scores. Keep that in mind as you think about your approach to this chapter. Study the Varna/Jati stuff carefully, it's particularly confusing. There are lots of great opportunities for T-charts in this chapter. Consider adding another layer of reorganizing for this chapter in your study process.
The map to the left is a link.
Strayer 6, Social Structures
I am currently having the "it can't possibly be this much work" moment.
It looks like you aren't alone!
Alright, the Varna/Jati distinction: let's see how this goes...
Hi! I think it's also important to distinguish the evolution of the varnas and the change they went through. Originally, the vaisya was commoners who cultivated the land. Then it evovled into a buisness class (as u mentioned above, the merchants). I also believe, and I may be way off, that the sudras before were just the native people incorporated into the Aryian society. Later that evovled to include peasant farmers. A question for Bingham that I now am wondering about is if the "evolved" sudras (that included peasant farmers) still were not able to partake of the rituals?
This is a reply to Melissa's post.
I think that the caste system is a term that refers to both the Varnas and the Jatis together.
Correct. Augustus, why don't you read Melisa's comment above?
I am going to attempt the margin question comparing India's caste system and China's class system.
Margin Question 2: What class conflicts disrupted Chinese society?
The merchants being marginalized could be a disruption to the society. Merchants had a low reputation in the time period and people thought of them as greedy people who LEACHED off of the peasants little pay to become wealthy. Merchants also had backdoor relations with the elites and landlords making them transcend the different classes, giving a wildcard to the whole hierarchy system. This caused people to hate merchants more. Also you could include Wang Mang standing up to the landlords to give the peasants a more balanced wage, reduce land owned by one person, and end private slavery, all because the elites believed that peasants were the backbone to China. Because of Wang Mang's reforms conflict broke with the landlords ultimately leading to his assassination. Additionally, the unfortunate floods, droughts, and hail made the Han dynasty impose new labor laws. This caused peasants to be even more impoverished. Peasants who weren't getting enough pay resulted in forming gangs and committing crimes disturbing the social harmony.
Good answer, but you need to make your distinctions more clear.
This doesn't exactly have to do with the chapter, but I tried doing the mind maps in my notebook by hand, and I think they help a lot more that regular outline notes, which is what I did for the previous chapters. So if you are doing outline notes and aren't doing so well on the tests, I would definitely recommend trying mind maps!!
Good for you! That work for lots of people.
So I tried to answer margin question #1 and I would like to know what you guys think of it
BPQ #3: What philosophical, religious, or cultural ideas served to legitimate the class and gender inequalities of classical civilizations?
Okay, so there is a slight conflict in the book. Under the landlord sub category, it refers to landlords as scholar-gentry's, but later in the chapter it refers to them as different sections of Chinese class. Are they the same or different. If they are not the same class, what is the difference?
Ask me this in class. It came up yesterday too.
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