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Cultures & Literatures of Asia

Timelines of Asia:
Literary & Cultural History





India Timeline 1

China Timeline 1

Japan Timeline 1

ca. 2000 Harappan Civilization
2600-1900 BCE
Mythological Gods
& Heroes
Xia Dynasty
ca. 2200-1500 BCE

Jomon Culture
ca. 2000 BCE

Japanese Language
& Oral Tradition

  Aryans &
the Vedic Age

1500-500 BCE
Sanskrit & the Vedas
Ramayana &
Shang Dynasty
1750 –1040/1027 BCE
Chinese Writing
ca. 1000 Zhou Dynasty
1020 - 221 BCE
Classic of Poetry
The Five Classics
5th c. Chinese Philosophy
Warring States
403-221 BCE
Classical Prose
4th c. Buddhist Jatakas
Mauryan Empire
321-184 BCE
Bhagavad Gita
The Pankrits

China Timeline 2

3rd c. Qin Dynasty
221-202 BCE
2nd c. Han Dynasty
206 BCE - CE 200
Early Han Orature
& Literature

Han Confucian Classics
& Historiography
1st c. Tamil Literature Yayoi Culture
1st c. BCE
CE So. Indian Kingdoms
of Cholas, Cheras,
& Pandavas
3rd c. Uji Tomb Culture
CE 3rd c.

Chinese Writing
4th c. Gupta Empire
CE 320 -535
Hindu Renaissance
Time of Troubles
& New Religions

CE 220 – 589
Taoism & Buddhism
Sui Dynasty
CE 589-618
5th c.
6th c. Taika Period
CE 552-710
Buddhism Introduced
Emergence of Hindi
& Devanagari script

China Timeline 3

7th c.

India Timeline 2

Tang Dynasty
CE 618 - 907
Empress Wu
Tang Literature
& Old Style Prose

Popular Fiction &
8th c.   Nara Period
CE 710-784
Nara Literature
Nihon Shoki
  Heian Period
CE 794-1160
Heian Literature
& Kana
Tale of Genji
9th c. Muslim Invasions
9th - 12th c
Gita Govinda
Vernacular Literatures
  Song Dynasty
947 - 1127
NeoConfucian &
New Prose Styles

12th c.

Japan Timeline 2

Kamakura Period
1185 - 1333
Bushido & Samurai Code
Modern Japanese
Kamakura Poetry
Heike Monogatari
13th c. Sultanate of Dehli
13th - 15th c.
Yuan Dynasty
1279 – 1368

Yuan Fiction & Drama
14th c. Ming Dynasty
1368 – 1644/1662
Chinese Novels &
the Book Trade

Chinese Calendar
Muromachi Period
1333 - 1568
Renga (Linked Verse)
Noh Theater
Zen Buddhism
15th c.
Mughal Empire
15th - 17th c.
Bhakti Literature
16th c. Momoyama Period
1568 – 1600
17th c.

India Timeline 3

China Timeline 4

Japan Timeline 3

European Colonialism
the British Raj
17th - mid-19th c.

Maratha Empire
Urdu Literature
Western interest in
Bhagavad Gita
Sanskrit grammar
Qing Dynasty
1662 - 1912
Qing Fiction
& Dream of the
Red Chamber
Beijing Opera

Clashes with the West
After 1750

New Literary
Tokugawa (Edo) Period
1600 -1868
Genroku Period Arts
Kabuki &
18th c.
19th c.
to early
20th c.
Indian Mutiny
of 1857
later 19th c.
Rabindranath Tagore
Meiji Reform Era
1868 - 1912
Modern Language
& Meiji Literature
20th c.

India Timeline 4

China Timeline 5

Taisho Period
1912 - 1926
Taisho Era Writers
Indian Independence
1914 - 1947
Mohandas Gandhi
Republican Era
& Civil War
1912 - 1949
Luxun Lu Hsun
Showa Period
1926 to WWII
1930s Literature
20th c.
Partitioning of India
& Pakistan
- 1947
Cracking India
India & Pakistan

1947 - Present
Indian film
New writers
People's Republic
of China

1949 - Present
Cultural Revolution
Beijing Opera
Recent Literature
To Live

Japan Timeline 4

Post-WWII Period
1945 - Present
Post-WWII Literature
Cross-Cultural Literatures
& Film

A Pale View of Hills
Rhapsody in August

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Asian Timelines were prepared by Cora Agatucci, in 1998. 
They are slowly being updated.  Please bear with me.

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