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Sui-Tang Era. Introduction. Sui rose in 580 CE Began with Wendi – a Chinese noble He struck a marriage alliance with his daughter and the ruler of the northern Zhou He then seized the throne of his son-in-law and proclaimed himself emperor He also won support of the northern nomads.

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introduction
Introduction
  • Sui rose in 580 CE
  • Began with Wendi – a Chinese noble
  • He struck a marriage alliance with his daughter and the ruler of the northern Zhou
  • He then seized the throne of his son-in-law and proclaimed himself emperor
  • He also won support of the northern nomads
where is wendi
Where is Wendi?
  • His son, Yangdi, murdered him
  • He then took the throne, extended conquests, established a milder legal code, upgraded Confucian education
  • He was fond of luxury and construction projects
  • Built palaces, canals, even built his own forest…
  • Fought to bring Korea under Chinese control but failed…
the tang
The Tang
  • One of Yangdi’s officials – Li Yuan, emerged as the next leader
  • He laid the basis for the Golden Age of the Tang
  • Penetrated as deep as Afghanistan
  • They extended into Tibet, Vietnam, and Manchuria
  • Built an empire larger than the Han
bureaucracy
Bureaucracy
  • Political power was shared by the succession of imperial families and bureaucrats who passed the civil service exam
  • The aristocracy ran the administrative positions while the educated class worked as the secretaries
  • The executive department was divided into 6 ministries…
the examination system
The Examination System
  • The Tang educated in Confucian classics
  • The exam system was expanded
  • Different kinds were administered by the Ministry of Rites
  • The highest offices were reserved for those who could pass the hardest of exams – philosophy and law
  • Those who excelled in Chinese Literature would earn the title – jinshi - dignitaries
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Success on the exams afforded you the ability to wear different types of clothing and be exempt from certain punishments
  • Even though exams were important, birth and family counted for something as well… many families continued the tradition of education and often the government was dominated by certain families…
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