China's Imperial Dynasties

Dynasties

Qin Dynasty

221 B.C.E. - 206 B.C.E.

unification of China under an emperor

Han Dynasty

206 B.C.E. - 220 C.E.

a golden age for a united China

Sui Dynasty

589 - 618

reunification of China

Tang Dynasty

618 - 907

economic development and growth; many inventions and discoveries

Song Dynasty

960 - 1279

economic development and growth; many inventions and discoveries

Yuan Dynasty (the Mongols)

1279 - 1368

control of China by foreigners

Ming Dynasty

1368 - 1644

opening up of China to foreign influences at the start of the dynasty; closing down of China by the end of the dynasty

Periods of Disunion

Six Dynasties

220 - 581

a period of chaos and division

Five Dynasties in the North

907 - 960

a period of chaos and division

Ten Kingdoms in the South

907 - 970

a period of chaos and division