Building the Chronology of Early Chinese History

  title={Building the Chronology of Early Chinese History},
  author={Yun Kuen. Lee},
  journal={Asian Perspectives},
  pages={15 - 42}
  • Y. Lee
  • Published 19 November 2002
  • History
  • Asian Perspectives
The generally accepted chronology of Chinese history begins in 841 B.C., seventy years before the end of the Western Zhou Dynasty. In Shiji, Sima Qian (c. 145–89 B.C.) compiled a chronological table of twelve contemporary states starting with 841 B.C. Over the past two thousand years, scholars have tried to extend the dates farther back, but without agreement. The Xia-Shang-Zhou Chronology Project was recently commissioned by the Chinese Government to systematically reconstruct a reliable… 

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