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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

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

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 to c. 256 BCE

Zhengwei Zhang

Zhengwei Zhang is Librarian of the Department of Cultural Heritage and Museology at 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

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...The period before the mid-third century BCE was the embryonic stage for Chinese civilization. There were diverse regional civilizations up to about 8,000 years ago, meaning that what we regard as ‘classic’ Chinese cultural formations had...

China (Three Kingdoms to Southern and Northern Dynasties), c. 220–589 CE

Aibin Yan

Aibin Yan is Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Planning, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, and currently a visiting scholar at Harvard University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

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...