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How did the Shang Dynasty End?

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The Shang Dynasty ended after the Battle of Muye, which led to the rise of Zhou Dynasty. The battle took place in the Muye Battle Region, which today is the Xinxiang Region in Henan Province.

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The Shang Dynasty took power after the fall of the Xia Dynasty. The Xia Dynasty ended after Jie, its last emperor, was forced to give up power by his own people. The Battle of Muye was intended to bring down the leadership of King Zhou, whose tyrannical leadership caused suffering and conflict among the people. During the battle, the slaves and prisoners of the Shang Dynasty gave support to King Wu and helped his army to fight. Realizing he was falling, King Zhou escaped and burned himself to death.

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