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  • (noun): A sequence of powerful leaders in the same family.

Dynasty

A dynasty is a sequence of rulers considered members of the same family. Historians traditionally consider many sovereign states' history within a framework of successive dynasties, e.g., China, Ancient Egypt and the Persian Empire. Much of European political history is dominated by dynasties such as the Carolingians, the Capetians, the Bourbons, the Habsburgs, the Stuarts, the Hohenzollerns and the Romanovs. Until the 19th century, it was taken for granted that a legitimate function of a monarch was to aggrandize his dynasty; that is, to increase the territory, wealth and power of family members.

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Hebei - History
... The Qin Dynasty unified China in 221 BC ... The Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220) ruled the area under two provinces (zhou), Youzhou Province (幽州) in the north and Jizhou Province (冀州 Jì Zhōu) in the south ... At the end of the Han Dynasty, most of Hebei came under the control of warlords Gongsun Zan in the north and Yuan Shao further south Yuan Shao emerged victorious of the ...
Hebrews - Etymology - Hyksos
... The Hyksos first appeared in Egypt during the eleventh dynasty ... of Avaris and the nile delta and ruled Lower Egypt as semite kings (fifteenth dynasty) ... Kamose, the last king of the Theban 17th Dynasty, refers to the Hyksos King Apophis as a Chieftain of Retjenu (Canaan) ...
Ottoman Dynasty
... The Ottoman Dynasty (or the Imperial House of Osman) (Turkish Osmanlı Hanedanı) ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1299 to 1922, beginning with Osman I (not counting his father, Ertuğrul), though the dynasty was not ... Before that the tribe/dynasty might have been known as Söğüt but was renamed Osmanlı (Ottoman in English) in honour of Osman ...
Ming Dynasty
... The Ming Dynasty, also Empire of the Great Ming, was the ruling dynasty of China for 276 years (1368–1644) following the collapse of the Mongol-led ... in human history", was the last dynasty in China ruled by ethnic Han Chinese ... fell in 1644 to a rebellion led by Li Zicheng (who established the Shun Dynasty, soon replaced by the Manchu-led Qing Dynasty), regimes loyal to the Ming throne – collectively ...
Zhihua Temple
... The Zhihua Temple (智化寺 pinyin Zhìhuà Sì lit ... "Temple of Wisdom Attained") is a Ming Dynasty-era Buddhist temple in Beijing, China ...