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The Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD) and the Song Dynasty (960 AD to 1279 AD)

  • Sangaralingam Ramesh
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Abstract

The Qin dynasty collapsed fifteen years after it had unified China. The Qin dynasty, though repressive, had offered China peace and stability after 500 years of war and instability. However, after the collapse of the Qin dynasty, there followed further civil strife, in which the military forces of Liu Bang and Xiang Yu fought each other for the control of the lands of the Qin. The kings of the Liu family were to form the Han dynasty. In order to stop five years of civil war, the nobles and the generals gathered on the banks of the River Fan on 28 February, 202 BC, in order to proclaim Liu Bang as the first Emperor of the Han dynasty, which would last for over four hundred years.

Keywords

Han Dynasty Song Dynasty Civil war Ancient China 

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  • Sangaralingam Ramesh
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  1. 1.Department for Continuing EducationUniversity of Oxford, Rewley HouseOxfordUK

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