__NOTOC__ Six Dynasties (Chinese: 六朝; Pinyin: Liù Cháo; 220 or 222–589) is a collective term for six Han-ruled regimes in China during the periods of the later phase of Three Kingdoms era (220–280 AD), the Jin dynasty (265–420), and the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420–589), around the same time of the early half of the late antiquity period in Europe. It also coincides with the era of the Sixteen Kingdoms (304–439), a chaotic warring period in northern China after the collapse of the Western Jin dynasty.

Six Dynasties with legitimate lineage

These six dynasties were: # Cao Wei (220–265) # Jin dynasty (265–420) # Liu Song dynasty (420–479) # Southern Qi dynasty (479–502) # Liang dynasty (502–557) # Chen dynasty (557–589) Sima Guang, in his book ''Zizhi Tongjian'', used the era names of these six dynasties as the timeline to describe this period of history. Later Chinese called this period the Six Dynasties period, or Wei Jin Southern and Northern Dynasties (魏晋南北朝, Wèi Jìn Nánběicháo).

Six Dynasties with capitals in Jiankang

The six dynasties were: # Eastern Wu (222–280) # Eastern Jin dynasty (317–420) # Liu Song dynasty (420–479) # Southern Qi dynasty (479–502) # Liang dynasty (502–557) # Chen dynasty (557–589) This listing is based on the states that maintained national capitals at Jiankang (contemporary Nanjing) near the Yangzi River. Xu Song (许嵩, Xǔ Sōng) in the Tang Dynasty wrote a book, ''Jiankang Shilu'' (建康实录, Jiànkāng Shílù), that provides a historical account of Jiankang, which gave rise to this scheme of these names.

Poetry in the Six Dynasties

The Six Dynasties was an important era in the history of Chinese poetry, especially remarkable for its frank (for Classical Chinese poetry) descriptions of love and beauty. Especially important, and frequently translated into English, is the anthology ''New Songs from the Jade Terrace'', compiled by Xu Ling (507–83), under the patronage of Crown Prince Xiao Gang (Later Emperor Jian Wen) of the Liang Dynasty. Also significant, is the ''Zi Ye'', or "Lady Midnight" style, supposedly originating with an eponymously named fourth-century professional singer of the Jin dynasty.Watson, 60


As the first time in history that political centre of China was located in the south, with surge in population and continual development of economy and culture, this transformed southern China from being remote territories to the economic centre that can rival the north from Tang Dynasty onward. Buddhism, which first reached China during the Eastern Han Dynasty, flourished in the Six Dynasties (and simultaneously in the Northern Dynasties) and has been a major religion in China ever since. The Japanese scholar Tanigawa Michio analysed the Six Dynasty period to test general theories of China's historical development. Some thinkers, Tanigawa writes, argue that China followed the set European pattern which Marxists and liberal thinkers thought to be universal, that is, from ancient slavery to medieval feudalism to modern capitalism, while others argue that "Chinese society was extraordinarily saturated with stagnancy, as compared to the West, and they assume that it existed in a qualitatively different historical world from Western society." That is, there an argument between those who see "uni-linear, monistic world history" and those who conceive of a "two-tracked or multitracked world history." Tanigawa's conclusion is that China did not have "feudalism" in the sense that Marxists use, but that the military governments did not develop a military aristocracy of the sort that developed in Europe. The period established social and political patterns which shaped China's history from that point on.

See also

* Dynasties in Chinese history * Chinese history * Chinese sovereign * Northern Dynasties * Southern Dynasties * Nanking




* * * Watson, Burton (1971). '' Chinese Lyricism: Shih Poetry from the Second to the Twelfth Century''. New York: Columbia University Press. * http://as.ff.uni-lj.si/datoteke/6.pdf SIX DYNASTIES CIVILIZATION {{refend

External links

Intellectual Trends Of The Early Six Dynasties Period
Indiana University.
Ch 1 The Six Dynasties
Dien, ''Six Dynasties Civilization''.

Asia for Educators Columbia University Weatherhead Institute. Documents, maps, links. Category:Dynasties in Chinese history Category:History of Nanjing