Comparing the Ancient Chinese Civilization and the Modern Western Civilization

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Civilizations are a group of humans living together in an organized way and have made advances in arts, science and technology, law or government. China is one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations; it is the only ancient civilization that has continued to this very day. The lifestyles that the ancient Chinese had is extremely different then the lifestyle that the Modern Western Civilization which includes North America and Europe currently has because of the different way that people thought and made decisions. When comparing the first two imperial dynasties of China, Qin and Han dynasty with the Modern Western Civilization, differences can be exemplified by the family roles, political structure, law and justice system, religious beliefs and institutions, and technological achievements In Ancient China, family was the most important thing to a point where it was nearly sacred. Each family member has a specific role. The oldest male is always the head of the family and looked over the finances and the property. Children obeyed and honoured their parents. It was very important for the Ancient Chinese to respect the elderly. People usually get married at a very young age sometimes before puberty and it was often arranged to create or strengthen a union between families. Women would move into their husband’s house when they got married and break all the ties to their own family. Men went to work while women stayed home and did house work and took care of the children. The woman was to be gentle, calm, respectful and obey their husband. Children in wealthy family received an education and those who were not worked on the family farm or for a neighbourhood shop. In Ancient China, women had no value and very little rights; they were there to populate the empire and to do housework
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