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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 (Liao to Yuan Dynasties), 907–1368

Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt

Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt is Professor of East Asian Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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

...These five empires – Liao, Song, Western Xia, Jin and Yuan – are as diverse as any in China’s history. Upon the Tang dynasty’s fall in 907, China became thoroughly divided. Already, however, the non-Chinese dynasty known as Liao (r...