Warring States Period

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The Warring States Period was a period of war in China. Following lengthy fighting among seven states in China 480 BC-221 BC, the Qin won control of China.

This period is remembered not only for the violent political struggles, but also for the philosophical schools that flourished and competed during this time. In fact, it was during this era that Confucius said: "Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend". In addition to Confucianism, other important philosophical schools of this period included Legalism, Moism (named after the philosopher, Mozi), Nihilism, and various varieties of Daoism.

Art and culture also flourished in some areas of China during this period. Porcelain produced during this period (the namesake and model for later Ming vases) were of high quality and are still highly valued today. Bronze work also reached a great technological height during this period, producing some of the finest practical and ornamental bronzes of ancient China.