Qin dynasty

First Emperor of China
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221 BCE Jan 1

First Emperor of China

Xian, China
Zhao Zheng, King of Qin, emerges victorious from the Warring States period in China and unifies the country. He begins the Qin dynasty and proclaims himself the "First Emperor" (始皇帝, Shǐ Huángdì), no longer a king in the old sense and now far surpassing the achievements of the old Zhou Dynasty rulers.

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