Ancient China was a dynastic society, meaning that the power remained in one family, and was passed down through generations. The three main dynasties of this empire were the Zhou dynasty, the Shang dynasty, and the Qin dynasty. In ancient China, the immense borders made attack by nomad tribes a usual occurence. Tribes would raid, pillage, and burn small villages without any opposition. The later years of the Zhou was know as the "warring years" because of constant fighting. Dynasties went through an ongoing cycle known as the dynastic cycle in which one family would fall from power, and another would rise in it's place. This occured due to lack of public support, increasing taxes, corruption, and most importantly the lack of divine support known as the mandate of heaven.
The Middle Kingdom