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which was china longest ruling dynasty?

The zhou dynasty

which period came after the Zhou dynasty?

The Warring States period. The nobles wanted more power and land until they started warring with each other to gain more land.

when did the Zhou dynasty rule?

It ruled form 1045 BC to 256 BC

which dynasty came before the Zhou dynasty?

The shang dynasty

who overthrew the shang dynasty?

Wen Wang planed for many years to overthrow the shang dynasty. It was his son Wu Wang who led the army across the yellow River to defeat the king of the shang dynasty

what system of government was the zhou based on?

It was based on the feudal system

What two major religions were established during the Zhou rule?

Confucianism and Taoism

which inventions came from the zhou dynasty?

Invention of the cast iron.

How did the Zhou govern china?

With Feudalism. The King gave land to the nobles who rented the land to peasants. The peasants got close to nothing, while the King gained a lot.

How did the Zhou religion differ from the shang?

The Zhou believed in "tian" or heaven. The Mandate of Heaven decided if a ruler could rule

what was the mandate of Heaven during the Zhou dynasty?

A concept that said rulers were given authority to rule from the gods

What important invention helped the Ancient Chinese to make strong weapons and tools?

Cast Iron

What is the last stage of the Zhou dynasty sometimes called by historians?

The Warring States Period

what dynasty followed the Zhou dynasty?

The Qin dynasty

What leader conquered the Zhou and united China becoming the first emperor?

Qin Shi Huang

Which came first the Eastern or the Western Zhou periods?

The Western

What famous book was written by military strategist Sun Tzu during this time?

The Art of War