Corporate Strategy as an Art (X): The Bronze Age – The art from the Xia, Shang, and Zhou Dynasties.
As promised yesterday, I wish to upload a document from Robert W. Bagley, Jenny F. So, and Maxwell K. Hearn. This is a public document shared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art website. It has many pieces of art per each Chinese Dynasty during the Bronze Age.
Moreover, this document is really good. It was published in 1980, but after reviewing many other sites, I truly consider it a good source of knowledge for all of us.
I think this is a “must” read for everyone who wishes to be a little bit “literate” in human history from China. Take your time to read it slowly. You can download it by clicking here:
The Great Bronze Age of China: An exhibition from the People´s Republic of China.
This is all I wished to show you about China. The lesson for all of us to remember from our stopover in China is really simple. Every current society has a past. The roots of each of the cultures explain why each of our societies has been conceived as it is. As I have mentioned in other previous publications, corporate strategy is made from our mental frames, and in the case of the Chinese Civilizations, once we understand their past, by observing, discerning and understanding their artistic expressions (paintings, sculptures, written vestiges, tombs, architecture, etc) we are able to understand much better their current mental frameworks for business and their economic strategy for their future. We will revisit China once we start with the Iron Age and other history phases A.D.
To keep the past in our minds is important. Only then we will not repeat the mistakes of our ancestors. In addition, it is possible that we will replicate their history of successful strategies in a new context of actuality. A country without a historic memory is like a lost ark in the middle of the turbulent ocean. Obscure and horrendous stages of our past history like insane wars, humanity crimes, famines, viral pests or diseases, and climate change events have to be revealed, with the purpose to don´t make those errors again or at least to protect ourselves to repeat them. In addition, the past helps us to don´t reinvent the wheel for decision making. Art (I include the architectural city designs here too) has always been the medium that helps us to discern our history. And we should preserve it for the present, and the future. The role of art in ancient societies has been our compass to what we are today. Otherwise, if our ancestors did not leave us with those artistic legacies or vestiges, we wouldn´t know anything about us. Our traditions sustainability and present cultures depend on those vestiges. Don´t forget it. Art is part of humanity and we are entitled to preserve our history through art, for the next generations to come. Still, there is a lot to discover. A lot of work to do for historians, archaeologists and history investors. The past has to be preserved. I bet we will have to re-write history in many of our human development stages.
Finally, in the case of America, it is interesting to perceive several hypotheses which show us that the first indigenous establishments in the New World were from human migrations who passed the Bering Strait or along the coast. If this hypothesis demonstrates to be true, then it is more mattering for us to consider and learn about Asian Ancient civilizations in our mind.
Next week we will continue with the North African Region, particularly Egypt and some Bronze Age pieces found in Israel. After we finish with the Bronze Age, we will start the Iron Age cultures, and we will proceed with the Time of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for reading to me. Blessings.
Disclaimer: All the presentation slides shown on this blog are prepared by Eleonora Escalante MBA-MEng. Nevertheless, all the pictures or videos shown on this blog are not mine. I do not own any of the lovely photos or images posted unless otherwise stated.
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