What Is the Dynastic Cycle of China?

The dynastic cycle is a pattern explaining the rise and fall of Chinese dynasties between 1650 BCE and 1644 CE. The cycle states that as dynasties age, they begin to abuse their power. This abuse causes the dynasty to lose the Mandate of Heaven, or the divine right to rule, and collapse. Afterwards, a new dynasty claims the Mandate of Heaven and assumes power over China.

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