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China is one of the oldest civilizations on this earth. This is, after all, the country that gave us Peking Man, who lived three-quarters of a million years ago. More realistically, the Chinese figure their civilization dates back just 5,000 years.

The Chinese base their history through the ages on dynasties, and generally consider the Xia Dynasty (2000 – 1200 BC) to be the first dynasty. The last dynasty was the Qing Dynasty which ended in 1911 when the youngster Pu Yi abdicated as the last emperor of China.

In decades past, China was considered a Third World country. No more. In the 21st century, it is emerging as a Super Power. To understand how China got to the point it is today, it is important to understand its past.

Tang Dynasty History

The Tang Dynasty was golden age in China. Art, philosophy, literature and technology all flourished during this period. International trade grew along the Silk...

A Guide to the Imperial Worship of Heaven at the Temple of Heaven

Worshipping the God of Heaven at the Temple of Heaven is the most important national and imperial ceremony for the Ming and Qing emperors...

Impact of the Russo-Japanese War

The Russo-Japanese War was a conflict that pitted the Russian Empire against the Japanese Empire between February 10, 1904 to September 5, 1905. The...

Yuan Dynasty History

Non-Chinese Mongols ruled China and ushered in many changes and reforms during their short-lived Yuan Dynasty. The Yuan Dynasty was one of China’s shortest-lived dynasties....

Confucius: Jokes, Quotations and History

Confucius (551B.C.–479B.C.) was a great thinker in ancient China. His philosophies gained prominence in China over other doctrines for 2,000 years from Han Dynasty...

Republic of China History

The history of the Republic of China began in 1912, shortly after the fall of the Qing Dynasty. It led all of China throughout...

Mongol Warriors and the Composite Bow

Genghis Khan began the Mongol invasions but it was the powerful composite bow which carried their civilization out of the steppe. The Mongol tribes of...

China Humbled by Foreigners

After 1794, the British employed opium to turn millions of Chinese into addicts as a means of forcing the Chinese Emperor to grant them...

The Humiliation of the 19th Century Chinese Qing Empire

The first British visitors to Shanghai in 1832, some East India Company officers, demanded the Chinese lift restrictions on Sino-European trade. In 1839, British gunboats...

Mythical Origins of China

The mythical origins of China reveal people who fought with the gods from the sky who lost the power of immortality and flew in...