This course is designed to provide students an overview of Chinese history from prehistoric periods to about the 19th century. It also attempts to capture, through readings, lectures, video tapes, and discussions, the essence of ancient China as a country and the patterns of its evolution. The length and complexity of Chinese history make it necessary to lay more stress on major themes and issues in terms of political events and social structure, the patterns of which were repeating in the country from decades to centuries. This course aims 1.) to introduce students the major themes and issues in ancient Chinese history in the above period supported by the latest research; 2.) to analyze significant political and social development in Chinese history. 3.) to introduce students to the use of primary historical sources (both documents and archaeological findings).