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Lecture 6

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Department
Global Asia Studies
Course Code
GASA01H3
Professor
Liang Chen
Lecture
6

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Week 5
Tang Dynasty a golden age
Reunification of China
Political disunity after the end of Han Dynasty
Sui Dynasty unified China, with Tang Dynasty following after, which followed the
previous Sui model of governing
Emperor Yangdi (last emperor of Sui): harsh rules and costly conquests caused
widespread rebellion, caused the collapse of Sui and beginning of Tang
Great Canal: longest artificial river in the World, used to transport rice and troops
Splendors of Tang
Emperor Taizong reconquered old territories that previously belonged to the Han
(South China, Tibet, Mongolia, Korea)
Tang arts sculpture of the three colored horses (famous)
Poetry flourished during this time (poets: Li Bo, Du Fu)
Tang achievements: invention of gunpowder, development of block printing
(Diamond Sutra worlds oldest surviving printing text)
Early Tang Dynasty under Taizong was the largest and strongest nation in the
world, and one of the most cosmopolitan empire in history
Changan (capital of Tang China): very cosmopolitan, gigantic city. Checkerboard
division of city. Attracts many foreigners from Central Asia, Southeast Asia, South
Asia, Korea, Mongolia, etc
Great influence of Buddhism in China (because of Xuan Zang and Dayanta)
Song Dynasty
Collapse of Tang dynasty, followed by civil wars
After the Tang, was the Song Dynasty
Kaifeng (Song Capital)
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