An Encyclopaedia on Chinese History, Literature and Art

Chinese History

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Xia, Prehistory, and Mythology
Shang Dynasty 商 (17th-11th cent. BCE)
Zhou Dynasty 周 (11th cent.-221 BCE)
Qin 秦 (221-206 BCE)
Han and Xin 漢 (206 BCE-220 CE), 新 (8-22 CE)
Middle Ages
Three Empires 三國 (220~280)
Jin 晉 (265-420)
16 Barbarian States 五胡十六國 (300~430)
Southern Dynasties 南朝 (420-589)
Northern Dynasties 北朝 (386~581)
Sui 隋 (581-618)
Tang 唐 (618-907)
Five Dynasties 五代 (907-960)
Ten States 十國 (902~979)
Early Modern Age
Song 宋 (960-1279)
Liao (Kitans) 遼 (907-1125)
Western Xia (Tanguts) 西夏 (1038-1227)
Jin (Jurchens) 金 (1115-1234)
Yuan (Mongols) 元 (1279-1368)
Ming 明 (1368-1644)
Qing (Manchus) 清 (1644-1912)
Modern Age
Republic of China 中華民國 (1912-1949)
People's Republic 中华人民共和国 (since 1949)
Taiwan R.O.C. 台灣 (中華民國; since 1949)