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Table A. Chronology of Chinese Dynasties
  • c 21st-16th century BC Xia
  • 1700-1027 BC Shang
  • 1027-771 BC Western Zhou
  • 770-221 BC Eastern Zhou
  • 770-476 BC Spring and Autumn period
  • 475-221 BC Warring States period
  • 221-207 BC Qin
  • 206 BC-AD 9 Western Han
  • AD 9-24 Xin (Wang Mang interregnum)
  • AD 25-220 Eastern Han
  • AD 220-280 Three Kingdoms (San Guo)
  • 220-265 Wei
  • 221-263 Shu
  • 229-280 Wu
  • AD 265-316 Western Jin
  • AD 317-420 Eastern Jin
  • AD 420-588 Southern and Northern Dynasties
    • 420-588 Southern Dynasties
    • 420-478 Liu Song
    • 479-501 Qi (Ch'i)
    • 502-556 Liang
    • 557-588 Chen
    • 386-588 Northern Dynasties
    • 386-533 Northern Wei
    • 534-549 Eastern Wei
    • 535-557 Western Wei
    • 550-577 Northern Qi (Ch'i)
    • 557-588 Northern Zhou (Chou)
  • AD 581-617 Sui
  • AD 618-907 Tang
  • AD 907-960 Five Dynasties
  • AD 907-979 Ten Kingdoms
  • 916-1125 Liao
  • 960-1279 Song
  • 960-1127 Northern Song
  • 1127-1279 Southern Song
  • 1038-1227 Western Xia
  • 1115-1234 Jin
  • 1279-1368 Yuan
  • 1368-1644 Ming
  • 1644-1911 Qing
Source: Based on information from China Handbook Editorial Committee, China Handbook Series: History (trans., Dun J. Li), Beijing, 1982, 188-89; and Shao Chang Lee, "China's Cultural Development" (wall chart), East Lansing, 1964.



Data as of July 1987

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