in 221 BC and continuing until 1911, most of China was
united under the rule of a single person; The Emperor.
157 Emperors have controlled the vast expanse known as
the Middle Kingdom. Through China's long history, the
borders have changed dramatically. During most
periods, the land that makes up modern day China was
actually several different kingdoms. The dynasties
outlined in this section refer to only the dominant
kingdom of the period. Many other kingdoms also
existed within the borders of China during this time.
Below is a list of the major dynasties. Click on any
of the links to view the Emperor's of each period.
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