Building the Chronology of Early Chinese History

  title={Building the Chronology of Early Chinese History},
  author={Y. Lee},
  journal={Asian Perspectives},
  pages={15 - 42}
  • Y. Lee
  • Published 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… CONTINUE READING
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