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The Xenophile Historian





China Taiwan

A Concise History of China



Contents

(and malcontents)



Chapter 1: An Introduction to Chinese History
Chapter 2: The Development of Chinese Civilization (before 255 B.C.)
Chapter 3: The First Chinese Empire (255 B.C. to 220 A.D.)
Chapter 4: The Zenith of Chinese Civilization (220 to 1279 A.D.)
Chapter 5: Mongols, Mings and Manchus (1279 to 1911 A.D.)
Chapter 6: The Nationalist Years (1911 to 1949 A.D.)
Chapter 7: China Since 1949
Special Pages


 

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Chinese History


Geography
The Chinese View of History
A Word About Spelling

 

Chapter 2: The Development of Chinese Civilization

Before 255 B.C.


Mythical and Legendary Times
The Shang or Yin Dynasty
The Western Zhou Dynasty
The Eastern Zhou Dynasty
The Age of Warring States Begins
The Hundred Schools of Thought
       Confucius
       Daoism
       Mozi
       Yang Zhu
       Mencius
       Xunzi
       Zhuangzi
       Legalism

 

Chapter 3: The First Chinese Empire

255 B.C. to 220 A.D.


The Kingmakers of Qin
The Qin Dynasty
The Western Han Dynasty
The Xin and Eastern Han Dynasty
Backdrop to the Three Kingdoms Era

 

Chapter 4: The Zenith of Chinese Civilization

220 to 1279 A.D.


China's Medieval Age
The Sui Dynasty
The Tang Dynasty
The Tang Decline
The Song Dynasty

 

Chapter 5: Mongols, Mings and Manchus

1279 to 1911


The Yuan Dynasty
The Ming Dynasty
Kangxi
Qianlong
The Opium War
The Taiping Rebellion and the Arrow War
The Paper Dragon
The Boxer Rebellion

 

Chapter 6: The Nationalist Years

1911 to 1949


The Warlord Period
Chiang Kai-shek vs. the Communists
The Long March
The Second Sino-Japanese War Begins
Stalemate & Stagnation
Ichigo
The Final Showdown

 

Chapter 7: China Since 1949


The Establishment of the People's Republic
The Great Leap Forward
"Women Hold Up half of the Heavens"
The Cultural Revolution
The Lifting of the Bamboo Curtain
After Mao
Tragedy at Tiananmen
Today's China Syndrome
Taiwan: The Watching Dragon



 

Click here for a map of present-day China (268 KB, will open in a separate window).

The Emperors of China



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