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China - Dynasties

Demographics of Ancient China
Ancient China had a large population and the concomitant problems early on.

Shang Dynasty Cities
The earliest walled cities in China were in the historic period beginning in the Shang Dynasty.

Tang Dynasty in China
The Tang dynasty ruled China from A.D. 618–907.

Sui Dynasty in China
The Sui dynasty ruled China from A.D. 581–618.

Shang Dynasty Cities
The earliest rampart-walled cities in China were in the historic period beginning in the Shang Dynasty. The Shang emperors built cities as their imperial capitals.

Six Dynasties
The 6 dynasties period of ancient China ran from the end of the Han dynasty to the conquest of southern China by the Sui.

Shang Dynasty
The Shang Dynasty of ancient China was the first dynasty in Chinese history with both documentary and archaeological evidence.

Xia Dynasty
The Xia Dynasty of ancient China was the first dynasty in Chinese history.

Chou Dynasty
The Chou Dynasty of ancient China was the longest dynasty in Chinese history.

Chinese Dynasties
The Chinese historians divided the history of China into dynasties, which were periods of rise and fall of successions of dynastic rulers.

Chinese Timeline - Dynasties of China
A simple timeline of the dynasties of ancient China.

Periods and Dynasties of Ancient China
This article looks at the conventional divisions of the history of China into eras and dynasties, starting with the earliest about which we have any information and continuing through to Communist China.

Chinese Emperors - Kings and Emperors of the Ancient Chinese Dynasties
The dates and names of the emperors of the ancient Chinese dynasties, Qin, Han, Xin, Three Kingdoms, Jin, Southern, and Northern.

Emperor Ch'in
Glossary entry on Emperor Ch'in.

The Warring States Period of Ancient China
Identification of the violent era referred to as the Warring States period of Ancient China during the Chou dynasty.

Han Dynasty in China
The Han dynasty ruled China for about 4 centuries and is considered one of the greatest dynasties in Chinese history. The Chinese consider themselves the people of Han.

Chou Dynasty in China
The Chou or Zhou dynasty ruled China from about 1027 to 221 B.C. It was the longest dynasty in Chinese history.

Shang Dynasty
The Shang Dynasty in China is considered the first true dynasty. The first king of the Shang Dynasty, Tang, overthrew the last ruler of the Xia, who had alienated those around him with his decadence and cruelty.

Chinese Dynasties
Name of dynasty with dates followed by a second chart showing events outside China. More details available in Chinese.

The Rise and Fall of Han China
Liu Chan started the Han dynasty by adopting measures that strengthened China. A few generations later Confucianism became the state philosophy, but in other ways prosperity declined.

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