Who ruled ancient China?


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In the beginning, China was not one country. First, there were small villages, each run by a chieftain. By the time the Shang Dynasty began (around 1800 BCE), ancient China had organized into dynasties. There were several dynasties that existed at the same time in different geographic regions of China. Each dynasty had a ruler. Rulers usually held the title of "king". It was not until the Qin Dynasty, many (many) hundreds of years later, that the title "emperor" began to be used instead of king to refer to the ruler of a dynasty. Ancient Chinese Dynasties