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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.

Yuan – The Mongol Dynasty, 1279-1368

The reign of the Mongols over China was disastrous for the Chinese people. They finally threw out their oppressors – how did this come...

The Five Dynasties

An introduction to the chaotic period of five dynasties and ten principalities throuh which China suffered between 907-960. Was this period really the Dark...

The Impact of the Steppe Peoples

From the Cimmerians to the Manchus, the nomadic horse riders from the Asian Steppes have swooped down on the sedentary peoples of Europe and...

The Dalai Lamas

In the fourteenth century, the concept of reincarnation began to become important in Tibetan Buddhism. In Tibet, as in other countries where Buddhism has...

Historical Portrait of the Muslim Chinese

The Hui are one of the most important and peculiar of China's minorities because of their unique place inside China's socio-historical space. Unlike some other...

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...

Emperor Hongwu Biography

Emperor Hongwu (or Zhu Yuanzhang) lived as a farmer, wandering monk and rebel leader and eventually become the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty. Zhu...

The Chinese Cultural Revolution

The Chinese Cultural Revolution was a time of instability in China. Red Guards spread chaos across the country and political infighting was endemic. The Chinese...

Qin Dynasty History

The Qin Dynasty was the first to unify China and Qin Shi Huang was China's first emperor. The history of the Qin Dynasty is...

Pu Yi – The Last Emperor of China

While on her deathbed the Empress Dowager Cixi chose the infant boy Pu Yi to be China's next emperor. In December 1908 he ascended...

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