As promised, since we have finished the chapter on Class System in Ancient China, I want to ask one higher-order question. This question is to test a student's critical analysis and to check for greater understanding.
As you have noticed, traders are placed last on the pyramid during the Zhou dynasty. Why are traders in ancient China not given the same importance as those in ancient India (vaishyas) and Southeast Asia (trading class)? Before answering, you may wish to look at the diagram below.