Middle Kingdom


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Middle Kingdom

or

Middle Country,

Mandarin Zhongguo, Chinese name for China. It dates from c.1000 B.C., when it designated the Chou empire situated on the North China Plain. The Chou people, unaware of high civilizations in the West, believed their empire occupied the middle of the earth, surrounded by barbarians. Since 1949, when the Communists took power, the official name for China has been Zhonghua renmin gongheguo [middle glorious people's republican country] or, in English, the People's Republic of China. The term Middle Kingdom is also used for the XII dynasty of ancient Egypt (see The Old and Middle Kingdoms under EgyptEgypt
, Arab. Misr, biblical Mizraim, officially Arab Republic of Egypt, republic (2005 est. pop. 77,506,000), 386,659 sq mi (1,001,449 sq km), NE Africa and SW Asia.
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monitoring and commenting on China's behavior and practices, the middle kingdom would not be able to hold on to its current powerful position today.
China has already overtaken Japan as the world's second-largest economy in a resurgence that is changing everything from the global balance of military and financial power to how cars are designed, and a milestone that would underline a pre-eminence not seen since the 18th century, when the Middle Kingdom last served as Asia's military, technological and cultural power.
Study of ancient Egypt is generally divided into three major eras: Old Kingdom (2649-2100 BC); Middle Kingdom (2040-1640 BC) considered to be the "classical age of cultural achievement" writes Curatorial Research Associate Picardo; and New Kingdom (1550-1070 BC).
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