For thousands of years China has been ruled by a vast amout of dynasties. While some ruled for centuries and others for decades, all have had an impact upon the histopry and culture of this ancient society. Below are listed the major dynasties, there were others and all have detailed histories that exceed the limited nature of this posting.
Great Wall, repression of knowledge/philosophy, creates imperial plan of rule; although
the shortest dynasty, so firm is Qin’s legacy of imperial control that China is forever named for
the 1st Emperor: Qin Shi Huang-di.
mechanical clock (1088), compass (1100), medical encyclopedia (1111), Windmill