The Zhou Dynasty, also spelled "Chou," was the longest dynasty in the history of China. Though exact dates are unknown, scholars and archaeologists place the Zhou Dynasty reign from about 1046 B.C. to 256 B.C. More »

Marco Polo influenced China’s political history by participating in diplomatic and military actions, by increasing awareness and trade between the East and the West through his writings, and by encouraging the Eastern ru... More »

There were numerous factors that led to the collapse of the Chinese Empire in 1912, especially the growing power of European countries within and around China. The two Opium Wars fought between China and Great Britain pl... More »

In China, the term "Middle Kingdom" refers to the central part of that nation. China, like other nations, is divided into distinct regions and provinces. The Middle Kingdom contains distinct political and geological boun... More »

The Shang Dynasty ended after the Battle of Muye, which led to the rise of Zhou Dynasty. The battle took place in the Muye Battle Region, which today is the Xinxiang Region in Henan Province. More »

Although the Chinese government has stated that rainfall measurements were recorded as early as 3,000 years ago during the Chou dynasty, the first instrument designed specifically to collect and measure rainfall was inve... More »

Mercantilism benefited the mother country while hindering the progress of colonists; in particular, mercantilism favored manufacturers and ultimately the ruling government. The goal of mercantilism was not the prosperity... More »