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  Chronology of Chinese Dynasties  

  There is some disagreement among historians over the exact time periods of the Chinese dynasties. The following is a reasonably cohesive and comprehensive list:

Xia Dynasty: c. 2200 B.C. - c. 750 B.C.

Shang Dynasty: c.1750 B.C. - c.1066 B.C.

Zhou Dynasty:
Western Zhou: 1066 B.C. - 771 B.C.
Eastern Zhou, the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States: 770 B.C. - 221 B.C.

Qin Dynasty: 771 B.C. - 206 B.C.

Han Dynasty:
Western Han: 206 B.C. - 23
Eastern Han: 25 - 220

Three Kingdoms:
Wei: 220 - 265
Shu Han: 221 - 263
Wu: 222 - 280

Western Jin: 265 - 316

Eastern Jin: 317 - 420

Sixteen Kingdoms: 304 - 420

Southern and Northern Dynasty:
Southern Dynasty: 420 - 589
Northern Dynasty: 386 - 581

Sui Dynasty: 581 - 618

Tang Dynasty: 618 - 907

Five Dynasties: 907 - 979

Song Dynasty:
Northern Song: 960 - 1127
Southern Song: 1127 - 1279

Liao Dynasty: 907 - 1125

Western Xia Dynasty: 1032 - 1227

Jin Dynasty: 1115 - 1234

Yuan Dynasty: 1279 - 1368

Ming Dynasty: 1368 - 1644

Qing Dynasty: 1644 - 1911

Republican China: 1911 - 1949

People's Republic of China: 1949 - present
 

 
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