Warring States Period Timeline

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  • 771 BCE - 256 BCE
    Eastern Zhou Dynasty in China.
  • c. 481 BCE - 221 BCE
  • 470 BCE - 391 BCE
    Life of the Chinese pacifist philosopher Mo Ti, founder of Mohism.
  • 440 BCE - 360 BCE
    Life of Chinese Hedonist Philosopher Yang Zhu.
  • 372 BCE - 289 BCE
    Life of the Confucian philosopher Mencius (Mang-Tze).
  • 364 BCE
    Duke Xin, ruler of Qin, is awarded the title of Hegemon by the Zhou state.
  • 343 BCE
    Xiao, ruler of Qin, is awarded the title of Hegemon by the Zhou state.
  • 328 BCE - 308 BCE
    Rise of the Chinese state of Qin.
  • 326 BCE
    Huiwen, ruler of Qin, is awarded royal status by the Zhou state.
  • c. 280 BCE - c. 233 BCE
    Life of Han Feizi who developed Legalism in China.
  • 278 BCE
    The Qin state captures Ying, the capital of the Chu state.
  • 262 BCE - 260 BCE
    The Battle of Changping, one of the most important battles in the Warring States Period in China between Zhao and Qin.
  • 259 BCE - 210 BCE
    Life of Ying Zheng of Qin, Shi Huangdi, First Emperor of China.
  • 256 BCE
    The army of the state of Qin captures the city of Chengzhou and the last Zhou ruler, King Nan, is killed. End of the Zhou Dynasty.
  • 256 BCE
    The Qin absorbs the remains of the Zhou state.
  • c. 246 BCE - c. 247 BCE
    Prince Ying Zheng becomes King of Qin, age 12 or 13.
  • 230 BCE
    The Qin state defeats the Han state during the Warring States Period.
  • 228 BCE
    The Qin state defeats the Zhao state during the Warring States Period.
  • 225 BCE
    The Qin state defeats the Wei state during the Warring States Period.
  • 223 BCE
    The Qin state absorbs the Chu state during the Warring States Period.
  • 221 BCE - 210 BCE
    First emperor of a united China, Shi Huangti, rules.
  • 221 BCE
    The Qin state defeats the Yan and Qi states during the Warring States Period.