the one thing i didn't like about learning chinese history (or any other history) in school was that it was taught in isolation--only chinese history from one dynasty to the next, without giving a broader context and bigger picture of what was going on in the rest of the world. and while china wasn't always in touch with other countries, trade did occur and they have new evidence that a pre-silk route existed in the Qin dynasty, so european contact via the middle east began much earlier than the Han.
so, this little project is my attempt at tying in chinese history with the rest of the planet. i would love this to be a collaborative effort because i'm definitely not a historian, so there's too much i don't know. i'm going to divide the following posts into groupings by dynasty. i know that dates won't always match up in terms of other countries' histories, but we have to set up a framework somehow! as this is constantly on-going, most of the posts will be WIPs until we can help supply the info.
(i'm not going to delve into the politics between mainland china vs taiwan, so please do not bring up those discussions here.)
please note that i'm using the more "PC" terms for dating the periods:
BCE = before common era (formerly known as BC) CE = common era (formerly known as AD)
my major source of info, for good or evil, is wikipedia, though i'm trying to find other, more reliable book references as well. EDIT: i've found a useful book source; Timelines of Everything, published by Random House.
borders extended into Inner Mongolia and Manchuria to the north
sent naval expeditions to the south, the indigenous Baiyue of modern-day Guangdong and northern Vietnam (the latter called Jiaozhi, and then Annam during the Tang dynasty) were also quelled and brought under Chinese rule
Significant cultural & sci/tech developments in China
Kangxi Dictionary 康熙字典 and other major works such as Imperial encyclopedias
Cao Xueqin's Dreams of the Red Chamber Hong Lou Meng 紅樓夢
Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee 狄公案
The Three Heroes and Five Gallants 三俠五義
Pu Songling's Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio Liaozhai Zhiyi 聊齋誌異
Famous people in China
Zhang Daqian 張大千 (1899 – 1983 CE)
Qi Baishi 齊白石 (1864 – 1957 CE)
Significant events in the world
1721–1917 CE: Russian Empire
1816–1897 CE: Zulu Kingdom in South Africa
1821 CE: Greece declare independence from Ottoman Empire, although not fully achieved until 1829 CE
1838 CE: Pitcairn Islands in South Pacific the first to grant women's suffrage (right to vote in elections)
Europe: Age of Enlightenment estab mid-1600s, Industrial Revolution 1760-1840 CE, French Revolution 1789-1799 CE, Napoleonic Wars 1803-1815 CE, Revolutions of 1848
American Revolution 1775-1783 CE, Declaration of Independence 1776 CE
Korean Empire 1897-1910, then Japanese rule of Korea 1910-1945 CE
Empire of Japan 1868-1945 CE
1883 CE: Krakatoa volcano explosion
Significant cultural & sci/tech developments in the world
1778-1783 CE: Watt steam engine
1789 CE: Newton's Principia Matematica
1798 CE: Edward Jenner develops first successful vaccine (smallpox vaccine)
1859 CE: Darwin's On the Origin of Species published
1864 CE: Louis Pasteur invents pasteurization process
capital: Xianyang 咸陽 (near modern day Xi'an, Shaanxi province)
dynastic surname: Yíng 嬴
founder: Ying Zheng 嬴政 (Shi Huangdi 始皇帝)
total # emperors: 2
Significant events in China * Qin Shihuangdi unified 7 feudal kingdoms and made himself Shihuangdi. * Qin Shihuangdi standardized the writing system, unit measurement, etc. * construction of the great wall began.
Significant events in the world
Foreign relation with outside world : 1.The Qin extended into Inner Mongolia and Manchuria to the north 2.sent naval expeditions to the south, the indigenous Baiyue of modern-day Guangdong and northern Vietnam (the latter called Jiaozhi, and then Annam during the Tang dynasty) were also quelled and brought under Chinese rule.