Chinese Dynasties

Pre-Imperial China

Xia

2205?–1766? B.C. (unverified)

Shang

1766?–1122? B.C.

Zhou

1122?–256 B.C.

Western Zhou

1122?–771 B.C.

Eastern Zhou

771–256 B.C.

Early Imperial China

Qin

221–206 B.C.

Han

202 B.C.–A.D. 220 (with Xin usurpation)

Former or Western Han

202 B.C.–A.D. 9 (capital: Chang’an)

Xin usurpation

A.D.9–23

Later or Eastern Han

A.D.25–220 (capital: Loyang)

Period of Division

220–589

Three Kingdoms

220–280

Western Jin

280–317

North-South Division

317–589(SouthernChinesecapital:Nanjing)

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  • Advisory Board ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Series Foreword vii
  • Preface xi
  • 1 - Geography, Government, Population, and Early History 1
  • 2 - Pre-Imperial China: Ca. 1122–221 B.C 17
  • 3 - Early Imperial China: 221 B.C.–A.D. 589 45
  • 4 - Middle and Late Imperial China: A.D. 589–Ca. 1800 67
  • 5 - The Tumultuous Nineteenth Century: External Aggression and Internal Chaos 99
  • 6 - Revolution and Republic 115
  • 7 - The People’s Republic: from First Breath to Mao’s Death 143
  • 8 - Deng’s China 167
  • 9 - China in the 1990s 181
  • Notable People in the History of China 205
  • Chinese Dynasties 219
  • Glossary of Selected Terms 221
  • Bibliographic Essay 225
  • Works Cited 227
  • Index 229
  • About the Author 255
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