Map showing the Eighteen Kingdoms, 206-202 BC
This map shows the general location of the Eighteen Kingdoms, the small feudal states that replaced the Qin after the fall of that dynasty (209-206 BD). A quick count will reveal that there are actually nineteen kingdoms named on the map. The nineteenth was West Chu, which was taken by Xiang Yu, the main rebel leader, who appointed himself 'over king'. The remaining eighteen kingdoms were meant to respect his authority, but civil war broke out almost immediately (the Chu-Han Contention 206-202 BC) and Xiang Yu was eventually toppled by Liu Bang, founder of the Han Dynasty.
How to cite this article:
Rickard, J (19 January 2012), Map showing the Eighteen Kingdoms, 206-202 BC, http://www.historyofwar.org/Maps/maps_china_eighteen_kingdoms.html