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China (Qin and Han Dynasties), c. 221 BCE–220 CE

Huizhong Bin

Huizhong Bin is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture in the Fine Arts College, Shanghai University, China. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...In about 221 BCE, and concluding the ‘Warring States’ period, the Qin dynasty managed to unify the six states that covered an area broadly corresponding to what is today eastern and central China. They also abolished the feudal practice...

China (Three Kingdoms to Southern and Northern Dynasties), c. 221–589 CE

Aibin Yan

Yan Aibin researches ancient Chinese architecture at the Institute of Chinese Historical Geography in Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...The disintegration of the Eastern Han dynasty from the end of the second century CE, with its full collapse in 220, plunged China into a period of conflict and division, with the three warring kingdoms of Wei, Shu and Wu now forming...

Imperial Rome and the Roman Empire, 31 BCE–c. 284 CE

Janet DeLaine

Janet DeLaine is Associate Professor in Roman Archaeology, University of Oxford, UK, and has published widely on ancient Roman architecture and urbanism. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...For roughly 300 years, from the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra in 31 BCE by Octavian – later given the title of Augustus – the Roman Empire was continuously under the autocratic rule of the emperor despite often-dramatic regime change which...

Christian Roman Empire, c. 285–480 CE

Thomas N. Howe

Thomas Noble Howe is Professor of Art and Art History and Chair of Art History at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, USA, and also Coordinatore Generale (scientific director for archaeology and masterplanning) for the Fondazione Restoring Ancient Stabiae in Castellammare di Stabia, Italy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...Historically the period of the Late Roman Empire was characterized by the re-establishment of stability after the chaos of 235–285 (the so-called ‘third-century crisis’), although on a more rigid social and economic basis and with a great...