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Chinese History

Mythology Prehistory and Xia Culture Shang Cultures 12th - 11th cent. BC Dawenkou Culture ceramic pot Western Zhou bronze tripod Western Zhou Dynasty 11 cent. - 770 BC Eastern Zhou Dynasty - Spring and Autumn Period 770-475 BC Eastern Zhou Dynasty - Warring States Period 475-221 BC Earthenware figurine of a Han dancer Qin Dynasty 221-206 BC Former or Western Han Dynasty 206/02 BC - 8 AD Xin Dynasty 8-22 AD and Later or Eastern Han Dynasty 22/25-220 AD Bodhisattva head of Maijishan Grottoes The Three Kingdoms (Shu-Han, Cao-Wei, Wu) 220-280 Western and Eastern Jin Dynasty 265-322-420 The Southern Dynasties (Liu-Song, Qi, Liang, Chen) 420-589 The Sixteen Barbarian Kingdoms 304-439 Northern Wei or Tuoba-Wei 386-534, and successors 534-581 Tang glazed earthenware camel Sui Dynasty 581-618 Tang Dynasty 618-907 Five Dynasties 907-960 Ten States 907-960 Birds, painting by a Song Dynasty literate official Northern and Southern Song Dynasty 960-1127-1279 The Khitan Liao Dynasty 907-1125 The Jurchen Jin Dynasty 1115-1234 Yuan Dynasty painting of a Mongol horse The Mongol Yuan Dynasty 1206/79-1368 Ming Dynasty porcelain vase Ming Dynasty 1368-1644 The Qianlong Emperor The Manchu Qing Dynasty 1644-1911 Late Imperial China 1800-1911 The writer Lu Xun The Republic of China 1911-1928-1949 The war against Japan, and the liberation of China 1937-1945-1949 Chairman Mao Zedong The era of Mao Zedong 1949-1976 The era Deng Xiaoping; modern China since 1976 Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall at Taipeh History of Taiwan and Taiwan R.O.C. History of Hong Kong and Macao History of Singapore and the Overseas Chinese

Chinese History - a line along the Great Wall

This section of the Chinaknowledge Encyclopedia deals with Chinese history from the beginnings to the People's Republic of China. It is organised in the traditional, and still common, way of regarding Chinese history from the viewpoint of dynasties. Each dynasty or dynastic period is explained in terms of event history, the history of administration and government, economic history, the history of philosophy and literature during the respective periods, religion, technology and inventions, as well as the history of arts. Literature, philosophy, arts and religions in general are described in detail in the respective parts of this encyclopedia. For each historical period, detailed information is given about the rulers and the geography of their realm.

Special indexes and articles are provided for the following themes:

Calendar and Chronology Titles of Rulers and Names of Persons
Eminent Persons in Chinese History Terms in Chinese History
Examination System Non-Chinese Peoples in and around China
Calendar and Chronology
Titles of Rulers and Names of Persons
Eminent Persons in Chinese history
Terms in Chinese History
Examination System
Foreign Peoples in and around China

Historical Geography


Literature and Philosophy


Religion


Technology and Inventions
(under construction,
see particular dynasties)


Arts

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