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Chinese History

Modern China directly descends from one of the earliest known civilizations in the world, with a recorded history of over 3,600 years. Like most other great civilizations of the world, China can trace her culture back to a blend of small original tribes which have expanded till they became the great country we have today. It is recorded that Yuanmou man is the oldest hominoid in China and the oldest dynasty is Xia Dynasty. The 'Beijing Man' discovered in Zhoukoudian in the suburban area of Beijing lived 600,000 years ago. Beijing Man was able to walk upright, use simple tools and make use of natural fire. Evidence of the cultivation of rice and millet using farming tools dating back to six to seven thousand years ago was discovered in Hemudu Town of Yuyao City, Zhejiang Province, and Banpo Village near Xian City, Shaanxi Province.
In the course of its development, Chinese society has progressed through five major stages - Primitive Society, Slave Society, Feudal Society, Semi-feudal and Semi-colonial Society, and Socialist Society. The rise and fall of the great dynasties forms a thread that runs through Chinese history, almost from the beginning. China was reduced to a semi-colonial and semi-feudal country since the first Opium War in 1840. he Revolution of 1911, a bourgeois-democratic revolution led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, ended the rule of the Qing Dynasty. Since the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1st, 1949, China has become a socialist society and become stronger and stronger. This had the effect of totally changing the fortune of the Chinese people's fortune as the nation entered the socialist era that we know today.
Chinese Dynasties Timeline
1.7 million years - 21st century BC Prehistoric Times;
21st -16th century BC Xia Dynasty;
16th -11th century BC Shang Dynasty;
11 century BC -221 BC Zhou Dynasty;
11th century BC - 771 BC Western Zhou Dynasty;
770 BC - 221 BC Eastern Zhou Dynasty;
221 BC - 206 BC Qin Dynasty;
206 BC - 220 AD Han Dynasty;
206 BC - 24 AD Western Han;
25 - 220Eastern Han;
220 - 280 Three Kingdoms;
265 - 420 Jin Dynasty;
265 - 316 Western Jin Dynasty;
317 - 420 Eastern Jin Dynasty;
386 - 589 Northern and Southern Dynasties;
581 - 618 Sui Dynasty;
618 - 907 ang Dynasty;
907 - 960 Five Dynasties & Ten States;
907 - 923 Later Liang;
923 - 936 Later Tang;
936 - 946 Later Jin;
947 - 951 Later Han;
951 - 960 Later Zhou;
902 - 979 Ten States;
960 - 1279 Song Dynasty;
960 - 1127 Northern Song Dynasty;
1127 - 1279 Southern Song Dynasty;
916 - 1125 Liao Dynasty;
1115 - 1234 Jin Dynasty;
1271 - 1368 Yuan Dynasty;
1368 - 1644 Ming Dynasty;
1644 - 1911 Qing Dynasty

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