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  Jordan: Periods of Chinese History
Chinese dynasties, however, are numbered, and it takes some study before one knows that the Hàn dynasty comes before the Yuán.
Chinese tradition postulates a period of great culture heroes who invented the arts of civilization, followed by the foundation of a dynastic line referred to as Xià (q.v.) The period of the Five Emperors is traditionally considered to run from about 10,000 BC to about 2207 BC.
This brief and brutal dynasty is important because it ended feudalism and established the imperial state, headed with a totalitarian emperor with the right to intervene in all aspects of private and public life.
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 China Dynasty Timeline
Xia Dynasty 2033-1562 BC Shang Dynasty 1562-1066 BC The Shang dynasty was based in the Yellow River basin.
The later period of this dynasty was documented by inscriptions on divination bones excavated in the 1920's.
Zhou Dynasties 1066-256 BC Western Zhou Dynasty 1066-771 BC Eastern Zhou Dynasty 770-256 BC -Spring and Autumn Period 770-476 BC -Warring States Period 475-221 BC The longest-lived of the Chinese dynasties.
www.chineseart.com /china-dynasties-1.htm   (262 words)

 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Chinese Dynasties   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period of Chinese history between the fall of the T'ang dynasty (AD 907) and the establishment of the Sung dynasty (AD 960).
Chinese subfamily of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages (see Sino-Tibetan languages), which is also sometimes grouped with the Tai, or Thai, languages in a Sinitic subfamily of the Sino-Tibetan language stock.
Chinese examination system civil service recruitment method and educational system employed from the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) until it was abolished by the Ch'ing dowager empress Tz'u Hsi in 1905 under pressure from leading Chinese intellectuals.
www.encyclopedia.com /articles/02672.html   (805 words)

 History of Chinese Religion - ReligionFacts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Han Dynasty was the first dynasty to embrace Confucianism, which became the ideological underpinning of all regimes until the end of imperial China.
The Tang dynasty, with its capital at Chang'an (modern day suburb of Xi'an), the most populous city in the world at the time, is regarded by historians as a high point in Chinese civilization — equal, or even superior, to the Han period.
The Ch'ing Dynasty was founded not by the Han Chinese people who form the overwhelming majority of the population of China proper, but by the Manchus, a semi-nomadic people not even known by that name when they first rose to prominence in what is now northeastern China.
www.religionfacts.com /chinese_religion/history.htm   (3967 words)

 Antique Collector Articles - A Chronology of the Chinese Dynasties
For millennia the Chinese were ruled by various Emperors, whose families formed the Dynasties.
Qin Dynasty: 221 - 207 B.C. Once the last of the Warring States (a sub-period from the last 250 years of the Eastern Zhou) conquered and brought under control its rival states, the Qin Dynasty was founded.
The Tang Dynasty ruled over a golden age in the field of art and literature, and a great expansion in trade occurred out as far as India and the Middle East.
www.howmuchisitworth.com /chinese.html   (1341 words)

 China's Chinese Dynasties
Xia Dynasty, 2100 BC to 1700 BC Yu the Great founded this first cohesive state of China along the banks of the great Yellow River (Huang He).
Han Chinese originated with the Han Dynasty and the China that was created under its rule.
Beginning near the end of the Han Dynasty was a period where the north was ruled primarily by three competing kingdoms, the Wei, Shu and Wu.
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 Ancient Dynasties
At minimum, the Xia period marked an evolutionary stage between the late neolithic cultures and the typical Chinese urban civilization of the Shang dynasty.
The Zhou dynasty lasted longer than any other, from 1027 to 221 B.C. It was philosophers of this period who first enunciated the doctrine of the "mandate of heaven" (tianming or
The doctrine explained and justified the demise of the two earlier dynasties and at the same time supported the legitimacy of present and future rulers.
www-chaos.umd.edu /history/ancient1.html   (838 words)

 Chinese Dynasties
It was common for a Chinese Dynasty to follow a basic pattern: begin with a very powerful leader taking over a weakened country; develop over several generations to a highly successful and vital civilization; and then degrade to the point that an opponent could take over.
In Chinese historical documents, it is common to identify a person's life and accomplishments by the Dynasty in which he (or she) lived, and, frequently, according to the Emperor who lived at that time.
While the Chinese people, as well as scholars who specialize in Chinese history, are well aware of these Dynasties by name and when they occurred, those who have a more cursory interest in things Chinese may not gain much insight by typical references to "the Warring States period," or the Manchu Dynasty (the Qing Dynasty).
www.itmonline.org /arts/dynasties.htm   (1544 words)

 Electronic Passport to Chinese History
During the Han Dynasty, the Chinese invented paper, writers recorded the history of their land, and the Chinese first learned of Buddhism.
The last Chinese dynasty to rule came from Manchuria, in northeast China.
The Shang Dynasty was distinguished by an aristocratic government, great artistry in bronze, a writing system still in use today, an agricultural economy, and armies of thousands whose commanders rode in chariots.
www.mrdowling.com /613chinesehistory.html   (869 words)

 Civilization III: Civ of the Week   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Zhou were the first of many Chinese dynasties to suffer barbarian invasions, but they also produced some great minds, namely Confucius and Lao-zi, whom you might know better as the author of the ancient world's best-selling "Tao-te Ching".
By the end of the Qing dynasty, Chinese Imperialism had outstayed its welcome, and the Chinese people welcomed the Nationalist movement, which, with the aid of the Soviets and a fledgling group of Chinese Communists, began to take China back from the band of warlords who had installed themselves in the North.
As the Chinese found out first-hand when the Mongols invaded in the 12th century, it is better to have heavy calvary than to be attacked by them.
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 Xia, Shang, Yin, Zhou, Qin,
The Shang dynasty is believed to have been founded by a rebel leader who overthrew the last (still legendary) Xia ruler.
In the Chinese historical tradition, the rulers of the Zhou displaced the Yin and legitimized their rule by invoking the Mandate of Heaven, the notion that the ruler (the "son of heaven") governed by divine right but that his dethronement would prove that he had lost the mandate.
The Zhou dynasty was founded by the Ji family and had its capital at Hao (near the present-day city of Xi'an).
www.crystalinks.com /chinadynasties.html   (1203 words)

 WWW Virtual Library Sri Lanka : Chinese Archaeological Ceramics in Sri Lanka   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The earliest ceramics are from the period of Tang Dynasty (618-906A.D).
Chinese inscriptions found in some of the ancient ports of Lanka provide valuable information on ancient Sino -Sri Lanka relationships and archaeological and historical values of Chinese ceramics found in Sri Lanka.
The ceramics found date back to ancient Chinese dynasties, the earliest from the period of Tang dynasty’s (618-906 A.D) On 411-412 A.D the grate Buddhist expediter Fa-shian reported that he did saw Chinese made Taffeta fan in front of the Buddhist statue at Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.
www.lankalibrary.com /geo/chinese_ceramics.htm   (1916 words)

Chinese Legend of White Snake.-Chinese love story of man and white snake for Chinese Year of White Snake 2001.
Chinese Traditional Culture.-Texts of classical works including the Confucian and Taoist classics, the 300 Tang poems and the Peony Pavilion.
Chinese Paper-cutting.-An introduction to the technique, its history and regional variations.
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 Indian, Chinese, & Japanese Emperors
The traditional Chinese dates for the Emperors are usually for the first full year of the reign, which is also the first year of the appropriate Era.
I have kept the Chinese convention of ending a reign a calendar year before the beginning of the next reign, both to indicate that this is the convention and because the uncertainties of the dates make the point moot.
A ruler in the Chou Dynasty was a
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 Dynasties in Chinese history - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dynasties were often established before the overthrow of an existing regime, or continued for a time after they had been defeated.
The conventional date 1644 marks the year in which the Manchu Qing dynasty armies occupied Beijing and brought Qing rule to China proper, succeeding the Ming dynasty.
However, the Qing dynasty itself was established in 1636 (or even 1616, albeit under a different name), while the last Ming dynasty pretender was not disposed of until 1662.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dynasties_in_Chinese_history   (415 words)

 Palmer exhibit compares Chinese dynasties
The main differences between the two dynasties illustrated in the display exist in the tombs' structures, the images projected on the tombs' walls, the religion of the occupants, and the objects placed inside the tombs to prepare the deceased for an afterlife, said Dana Kletchka, educator of the museum.
Kletchka also said other differences seen in the display are prevalent in the ways the two dynasties dressed and the way they wore their hair, as well as in the way they decorated their figures and objects.
The Liao family dynasty was primarily Buddhist and the family tomb that was excavated revealed that the Liao dynasty was more focused on religion than the Song dynasty.
www.collegian.psu.edu /archive/2001/08/08-31-01tdc/08-31-01darts-7.asp   (646 words)

 Articles / Dr. John's Q&A / How Can the Chinese Dynasties Extend Back Many Thousands of Years? - Institute for ...
Precisely documented dynasties go back only to about 2000 B.C. The first true dynasty was founded about 4000 years ago by a leader remembered for having "sweetened the waters," making the land habitable after wide-spread flooding.
Actually, precisely documented dynasties go back only to about 2000 B.C. The first true dynasty was founded about 4000 years ago by a leader remembered for having "sweetened the waters," making the land habitable after wide-spread flooding.
In all likelihood, the well-documented dynasties date to that event, while the prior ones were faded memories of pre-Flood patriarchs, preserved as legends.
www.icr.org /article/600   (558 words)

 Chinese Dynasties - Western Han Dynasty   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
At the beginning of the Han Dynasty, Emperor Gaozu (Liu Bang), having learned a lesson from the fall of the Qin Dynasty, endeavored to bring prosperity to his people.
Emperor Wu succeeded to the throne in 140 BC and his reign is one of the most celebrated in Chinese history.
From the Qin Dynasty onwards, the Xiongnu, an ancient tribe that lived in North China, frequently harassed the northern border of the empire.
www.travelchinaguide.com /intro/history/han/western.htm   (1467 words)

 Chinese Dynasties   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Chan (陳) Dynasty was the last of the four Southern dynasties, after which China reunified in the Sui (隋) dynasty.
One of the first responsibilities of a new dynasty is to compile an official history of its predecessor.
To assure survival of the dynasty, an Empress is sought.
webpages.charter.net /emperor01   (1171 words)

 Chinese Dynasties - Table - MSN Encarta
China was ruled by dynasties, a line of rulers from the same family, for thousands of years.
The last emperor was forced from power in 1911, bringing dynastic rule in China to an end.
Mongols driven out by native Chinese, Mongolia captured by 2nd Ming emperor; period of architectural development; Beijing flourished as new capital
encarta.msn.com /media_701500643_761557160_-1_1/Chinese_Dynasties.html   (232 words)

 Daily Life in Ancient China - Welcome to Ancient China!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Chinese civilization started around 10,000 BCE, when a group called the Yangshao (yahng show) settled near the Huang He River.
Many of the celebrations and festivals that honor these ancient gods are still celebrated by the Chinese today.
Selected Chinese Myths - Most of the main characters in these mythical stories are gods, ghost foxes and spirits with human qualities and human feelings.
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 Chinese Dynasties
During most periods, the land that makes up modern day China was actually several different kingdoms.
The dynasties outlined in this section refer to only the dominant kingdom of the period.
Below is a list of the major dynasties.
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 History of China - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In 960, the Song Dynasty (960-1279) (宋朝) gained power over most of China and established its capital in Kaifeng (汴京/開封), starting a period of economic prosperity, while the Khitan Liao Dynasty (契丹族遼國) ruled over Manchuria and eastern Mongolia.
In many ways the rebellions and the treaties the Qing were forced to sign with the imperialist powers are symptomatic of the inability of the Chinese government to respond adequately to the challenging conditions facing China in the 19th century.
This movement began as a response to the insult imposed on China by the Treaty of Versailles ending World War I but became a protest movement about the domestic situation in China.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Chinese_Dynasties   (5870 words)

 Ancient Chinese Dynasties Research Project
Introduce the Ancient china timeline and discuss the long history of dynasties that charted the course for this fascinating culture.
Chinese music selections may be played while students are making costumes to enrich the environment.
Chinese Porcelain, Porcelain marks, Ming, Jar, Porcelain, dynasty, pottery, marks, Imari Porcelain, export porcelain, Chinese Pottery.
www.ecsu.ctstateu.edu /depts/edu/units/china.html   (1283 words)

 WebQuests | Dynasties of China Web Quest: Chinese Dynasties Web Quest
China was ruled by a string of various dynasties for over four thousand years.
In this Web Quest you will be exploring three of those dynasties; and preparing information to present, demonstrating your expertise on the subject.
Prepare a final product that will best demonstrate your understanding of one of these three Chinese dynasties.
sites.lps.org /wq12   (167 words)

 AllRefer.com - Chinese Dynasties (table) - Encyclopedia
Revolts in Mongolia and S China end dynasty.
Porcelain, architecture (see Chinese architecture), the novel and drama flourish.
Territorial expansion but gradual weakening of Chinese power; decline of central authority.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/C/ChinDynTABLE.html   (277 words)

 Chinese Dynasties   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The site does a good job of giving the times that each dynasty covered and a brief description of what each dynasty was about.
This site is a simple time line of Chinese history and the dynasties there of as well as history of other parts of the world at the time.
Of the dynasties that did use coin’s, or that there is evidence of pictures and a brief synopsis are available.
www.easternct.edu /depts/edu/textbooks/chinesedynasties.html   (300 words)

 Chinese Dynasties (table) — Infoplease.com
Qieyun and Yunjing: the essential foundation for Chinese historical linguistics.
Talons and Teeth: County Clerks and Runners in the Qing Dynasty.
Export commodity and regional currency: the role of Chinese copper coins in the Melaka Straits, tenth to fourteenth centuries.
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