(Incomplete, will fill in the blanks as I go)
China has had a bunch of dynasties since the beginning of their civilization.
- Xia Dynasty – Semi-mythological, no contemporary records.
- Shang Dynasty (1600 BC - ~1000 BC)
- Zhou Dynasty (~1000 ~ ~200 BC) – longest dynasty in Chinese history, lasted ~800 years.
- Western Zhou (~1000BC - 771 BC) – more “virtuous”, notable person is the Duke of Zhou, who served as regent for his nephew and didn’t usurp.
- Eastern Zhou (770 BC - ~250 BC) – more “despotic”, which is why people considered the Mandate of Heaven to be gone later.
- Qin Dynasty – the dynasty of the First Emperor.
- Han Dynasty