The Zhou plot for 3 generations to take over from the Xiang. They are the first to invoke the Mandate of Heaven.
Spring and Autumn Period
Approx. 770 BC - Approx. 475 BC
Name for the Spring and Autumn Annals, supposedly edited by Confucius. The number of states in China goes up to about 250 at its maximum, then down again to a few dozen. Hegemons arrogate to themselves the traditional privileges of the Zhou King.
221 bc - 206 bc
206 BC - 220 AD
Started by Liu Bang and lasted for 400 years. Is considered to be one of the three golden ages in China's history.