History of China

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Chinese History. This section of the Chinaknowledge Encyclopedia deals with Chinese history from the beginnings to the People's Republic of China.

Chinese History

It is organised in the traditional, and still common, way of regarding Chinese history from the viewpoint of dynasties. Each dynasty or dynastic period is explained in terms of event history, the history of administration and government, economic history, the history of philosophy and literature during the respective periods, religion, technology and inventions, as well as the history of arts.

Literature, philosophy, arts and religions in general are described in detail in the respective parts of this encyclopedia. For each historical period, detailed information is given about the rulers and the geography of their realm. Special indexes and articles are provided for the following themes: Ancient China. Internet East Asian History Sourcebook.

There is no way of avoiding the fact that China is the central culture of Eastern Asia. Massively larger than any of her neighbors, China may have developed its cultural forms in relative isolation, but since the advent of Buddhism has both absorbed outside influences and disseminated its own culture. Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures are not comprehensible without taking into account power of Chinese culture in art, literature and religion. Chinese culture itself is highly complex, and the other East Asian cultures also reflect local circumstances and traditions. Qin Dynasty 秦 science, technology and inventio. History of China, China History, China History guide, Chinese hi. Electronic Passport to Chinese History.

From at least 1766BC to the twentieth century of the Common Era, China was ruled by dynasties.

Electronic Passport to Chinese History

A dynasty is a ruling family that passes control from one generation to the next. One Chinese dynasty lasted more than 800 years, while another lasted only fifteen years. The ancient Chinese people often supported their rulers because of what they called the Mandate of Heaven. The ancient Chinese believed their ancestors in heaven had chosen their leaders. The people would rebel against a weak leader if they believed he had lost the Mandate of Heaven. Category:Han Dynasty. History of China. Chinese civilization originated in various regional centers along both the Yellow River and the Yangtze River valleys in the Neolithic era, but the Yellow River is said to be the cradle of Chinese civilization.

History of China

With thousands of years of continuous history, China is one of the world's oldest civilizations.[1] The written history of China can be found as early as the Shang Dynasty (c. 1700–1046 BC),[2] although ancient historical texts such as the Records of the Grand Historian (ca. 100 BC) and Bamboo Annals assert the existence of a Xia Dynasty before the Shang.[2][3] Much of Chinese culture, literature and philosophy further developed during the Zhou Dynasty (1045–256 BC).

The Zhou Dynasty began to bow to external and internal pressures in the 8th century BC, and the kingdom eventually broke apart into smaller states, beginning in the Spring and Autumn Period and reaching full expression in the Warring States period. The Silk Road. On the eastern and western sides of the continent, the civilisations of China and the West developed.

The Silk Road

The western end of the trade route appears to have developed earlier than the eastern end, principally because of the development of the the empires in the west, and the easier terrain of Persia and Syria. The Iranian empire of Persia was in control of a large area of the Middle East, extending as far as the Indian Kingdoms to the east. Trade between these two neighbours was already starting to influence the cultures of these regions. Silk Road. Silk Road extending from Europe through Egypt, Somalia, the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Burma, Java-Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam until it reaches China.

Silk Road

The land routes are red, and the water routes are blue. Port cities on the maritime silk route featured on the voyages of Zheng He.[1] The Silk Road, or Silk Route, is a series of trade and cultural transmission routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West and East by linking traders, merchants, pilgrims, monks, soldiers, nomads and urban dwellers from China to the Mediterranean Sea during various periods of time.[2] Extending 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometres), the Silk Road gets its name from the lucrative trade of Chinese silk which was carried out along its length, and began during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD).

Chinese mathematics. Mathematics in China emerged independently by the 11th century BC.[1] The Chinese independently developed very large and negative numbers, decimals, a place value decimal system, a binary system, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.

Chinese mathematics

Knowledge of Chinese mathematics before 254 BC is somewhat fragmentary, and even after this date the manuscript traditions are obscure. Dates centuries before the classical period are generally considered conjectural by Chinese scholars unless accompanied by verified archaeological evidence, in a direct analogue with the situation in the Far West. The science of mathematics is looked at with such importance in. The science of mathematics is looked at with such importance in China that it is considered one of the six basic arts, along with ritual, music, archery, horsemanship and calligraphy (Yan, Du Shiran, 1987, p.22).

The science of mathematics is looked at with such importance in

It is the importance that the Chinese place on mathematics that caused it to be one of the most influential cultures in the history of the world in terms of mathematical breakthroughs. Unfortunately for the Chinese, it is only recently that they are beginning to receive the credit they deserve for their achievements. Much of the work that they did had been overlooked due to the fact that many scholars thought that the records that had been kept were not trustworthy, and there was a lack of satisfactory translations(Scott, 1969, p.80). It was Joseph Needhams Science and Civilisation in Chinese Society Volume 3 that began to open the worlds eyes of the accomplishments the Chinese had made in the field of mathematics. Chinese overview. Version for printing Several factors led to the development of mathematics in China being, for a long period, independent of developments in other civilisations.

Chinese overview

The geographical nature of the country meant that there were natural boundaries (mountains and seas) which isolated it. On the other hand, when the country was conquered by foreign invaders, they were assimilated into the Chinese culture rather than changing the culture to their own.


  1. Lucile Apr 20 2009
    Pearltrees en chinois, excellente idee. J'ai mis mes staff anglophones dessus, ils adorent. Premier commentaire: "c'est une idee brillante, on devrait se lancer tout de suite sur un copycat avant que quelqu'un d'autre ne le fasse". A bon entendeur ;o)
  2. Chunxia Mar 1 2009
    Eh oui, je contribue à la propagande de mon pays ;)
  3. Marco Mar 1 2009
    Allez quoi, un tree n chinois !
  4. Patrice Mar 1 2009
    Histoire, géographie, zoologie, businessologie... on peut faire des des pearltrees sur tout le reste!
  5. Chunxia Mar 1 2009
    Sérieux? Mais M. Stragège, les Chinois d'aujourd'hui s'intéressent à tout sauf l'histoire de la Chine ;)
  6. Patrice Mar 1 2009
    Ok, ok, on se dépeche de faire un pearltrees en chinois!
  7. Chunxia Mar 1 2009
    Peut-être qu'il n'y a pas beaucoup de sites français ou anglais qui parlent du sujet ;) N'oublions pas que la communauté d'internautes chinois compte plus de 200 millions de personnes, je ne te dirai pas le nombre de sites en chinois, dont certainement des sites traitent (ou louent ;)) la longue histoire de la Chine
  8. Patrice Mar 1 2009
    peut-être qu'il n'y a pas beaucoup de sites qui parlent du sujet ;-)