Post-classical China was cyclical in that dynasties would arise and disappear for similar reasons. Dynasties often obtained power by overthrowing the former government or unifying divided states only to then loose power because of rebellion or poor leadership. For example, the Sui Dynasty rose by Unification and fell by rebellion and poor leadership.
China was profoundly impacted by its geography. China is geographically isolated. This meant that before the establishment of trade routes, the influence of other culture on China was minimized. The geographical alignment of rivers was also crucial to ancient China's development. The rivers were the cradle of Chinese civilization. Major civilizations were built near the rivers so that the rivers could sustain crops.
Scholar-Gentry in Ancient China
The Chinese scholar-gentry consisted of civil servants appointed by the emperor of China to perform day-to-day governance. The scholar-gentry played a pivotal role in government since their introduction into the Han Dynasty.
Confucius, a Chinese teacher and philosopher.
Religion and beliefs were important parts of post-classical life in China. The emperor ruled by divine right. This means that religion was used to justify power. Confucian principles also were prevalent in government.
China was responsible for a number of important innovations. Some include porcelain, the great canal, fast-ripening rice, and block printing.
Chinese trade was an important part of the world economy. Post-classical trade in China increased through the silk-road where silk, gold, cloth and precious stones were traded with the rest of the world.
Korea was greatly influenced by China. Korean was inspired by Chinese and Korea adopted some Confucian and Buddhist ideas. China also greatly impacted Vietnam. The Vietnamese adopted a similar bureaucracy, religion, and farming methods. Japan was also influenced by Chinese religion, farming techniques, and Buddhism.