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Introduction Calendar and chronology Geography and climate 1. China on the eve of the historical period 2. Language and writing 3. Shang archaeology 4. The Shang: China's first historical dynasty 5. Western Zhou history 6. Western Zhou archaeology 7. The waning of the Bronze Age: material culture and social developments, 770-481 BC 8. The Spring and Autumn period 9. Warring States: the political history 10. The art and architecture of the Warring States period 11. The classical philosophical writings 12. Warring states: natural philosophy and occult thought 13. The Northern Frontier in pre-Imperial China 14. The heritage left to the Empires.