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World History II
Michael B. Smith
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Date Created: 03/08/16
Lecture 021: China The Sui Dynasty:  Unified China after 400 years of fragmentation  Only 2 emperors: Wen Di & Yang Di  Re-established Confucianism  Also encouraged Buddhism  Great Canal built, connected North & South China  Set stage for tang Dynasty Tang Dynasty:  Equal land distribution  Est. mints and copper coins  State exams = competent government officials  Greater exposure to outside world through trade contacts  Great age for art and culture  Examples: Empress Wu Early Tang Emperors:  Li Yuan = Gaozou o Equal field system o Wanted to give land to the people o Very forward looking ideas o Wanted one set of laws for all o Laws had to be reviewed every 20 years  Li Shimin = Tang Taizong o Public relations genius o Pushed father off the throne o Pleased the Historians  Empress Wu o Historians very interested in her sex life o People say she is the reason the Tang fell Civil Service in Tang China:  Revived from Han tradition  In Tang era, based on Confucian, Daoist, & Buddhist texts  Open to most males & allowed for some social mobility  Furthered pattern of education & government that th continued into the 20 century Tang Summary:  Population centered shifted to center and south  New strains of rice = 2 harvests/year = population growth, urban growth, & increased trade  Islamic incursions into Central Asia ca 750s onward reversed trend of westward expansion  Large empire = large centralized government = expensive government = high taxes = poverty, famine, & unhappy people = rebellion Song Dynasty:  Drift away from Tang Buddhism & toward Neo- Confucianism  Introduced paper money  Introduced movable type  China saw massive population growth = 5 cities with over 1 million people Genghis Khan:  Originally named Temujin  United Mongols around 1206  Led them in invasions of China, Central Asia< & Iran  First invasion of China 1215-1219; Genghis Khan left generals in charge  Mongol invasions were especially violent Yuan Dynasty:  Mongols were generally religiously tolerant  Mongol religion was shamanistic with emphasis on the sky god, Tengri  Yuan relied on non-Chinese foreigners for government  Mongols conquered China military, but were ultimately conquered by China culturally. Yuan Dynasty & Khubilai Khan:  Established Yuan Dynasty in 1280  Realized that China could be conquered on horseback but not ruled on horseback = Mongols need to adapt if they wanted to rule China  Tension between “old school” Mongols & Sinicized Mongols  Welcomed foreigners The Ming Dynasty:  War against Mongol Yuan Dynasty  Perfected civil service with restoration of exams and heavy punishments  Heavily centralized rule under powerful emperors, civil servants, eunuchs, and spies  Incessant war with Mongols and Jurchen  Rebuilt Grand Canal  Zheng He and the Chinese Navy (30,000 men on a single voyage!) Forbidden City built  Had spies to keep an eye out on their bureaucrats, made sure the civil services were not corrupt  Corrupt bureaucrats would be imprisoned if they were caught, as well as physically punished with sticks of bamboo until the bamboo broke.


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