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Chapter 8
The Asian World
400-1500
China Reunified
 Han Dynasty ended in 220 and left China with disorder
and civil wars for 300 years until the Sui Dynasty formed
in 581.
 Sui (581-618)
 Tang (618-907)
 Song (960-1279)
Sui Dynasty (581-618)
 Unified China under the Emperors rule
 Sui Yangdi, the second emperor of the dynasty,
completed the Grand Canal that linked the two great
rivers of China, the Huang He (Yellow River) and the
Chang Jiang (Yangtze River)
 Forced labor, high taxes, his extravagant and luxurious
lifestyle, and military failures, caused a rebellion
Tang Dyansty (618-907)
 They tried to create a more stable economy by giving land to the
peasants and breaking up the power of the owners of the large
estates
 They also restored the civil service examination from earlier times to
serve as the chief method of recruiting officials for the civilian
bureaucracy. (only 1 in 5 would pass)
 Emperor Tang Xuanzang (SHWAHN• DZAHNG) is remembered
for his devotion to a commoner’s daughter, Yang Gul Fei.
 The emperor ’s favorite general led a bloody revolt and the army
demanded that someone be held accountable for the war and strife
in the country.
Song Dynasty (960-1279)
 The Song ruled during a period of economic prosperity
and cultural achievement.
 Song rulers were forced to move the imperial court
farther south to Hangzhou.
 During the 1200s, the Mongols, a nomadic people,from
the Gobi, carried out wars of conquest and built a vast
empire, within 70 years the Mongols overthrew the Song
and created a new Mongol dynasty in China.
The Mongols and China
 The Mongols
 Religion and Government
 A Golden Age in Literature and Art
The Mongols
 The Mongols brought much of the Eurasian landmass under a
single rule, creating the largest land empire in history.
 After the death of Genghis Khan in 1227, his heirs divided the
territory into several separate territories called khanates, each
under the rule of one of his sons.
 Genghis Khan’s grandson Kublai Khan ruled China and
established his capital at Khanbalik later known by the Chinese
name Beijing.
 The capital at Khanbalik reflected Mongol prosperity and it was a
magnificent city that impressed foreign visitors. One such visitor
was Marco Polo, who lived in Khanbalik during the reign of
Kublai Khan.
The Mongols
 Mongol armies advanced into Vietnam,Java, Sumatra and
twice against the islands of Japan but only Vietnam was
conquered. The Mongols used tactics, such as cavalry charges
and siege warfare.
 The Mongol dynasty eventually fell victim to the same
problems that had plagued other dynasties: too much
spending on foreign conquests, corruption at court, and
growing internal instability.
 In 1368 Zhu Yuanzhang (JOO YWAHN•JAHNG), the son of
a peasant, put together an army, ended the Mongol dynasty,
and set up a new dynasty, the Ming.
Religion and Government
 Confucian principles became the basis for Chinese
government during the Han dynasty.
 Buddhism and Daoism had more influence during the Sui and
Tang dynasties.
 After the Han dynasty collapsed people lost faith in
Confucianism and Buddhism became a more attractive offer.
 The government embraced Buddhism until there was
corruption. Buddhism also went against the virtues that the
government supported.
 Neo-Confucianism was developed as a response to Buddhism.
It embraced a physical and spiritual world, It teaches that the
world is real, not an illusion, and that fulfillment comes from
participation in the world. Lasted in China until 20th Century.
A Golden Age in
Literature and Art
 The Tang dynasty is viewed as the great age of poetry in China.
 Chinese poems celebrated the beauty of nature, the changes of the
sea- sons, and the joys of friendship. They expressed sadness at the
shortness of life and the necessity of parting.
 Li Bo was a free spirit whose writing often centered on nature, Du
Fu was a serious Confucian Poet
 During the Song and Mongol dynasties, landscape painting reached
its high point. Influenced by Daoism, artists went into the
mountains to find the Dao, or Way, in nature.
 The word landscape in Chinese means “mountain-water” and reflects
the Daoist search for balance between the earth and water.
Early Japan and Korea
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