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Ch. 12. Tang Taizong. The “Great Ancestor” (626-649) who extended China’s borders and reformed government and the law code. Wu Zhoa. The strong Tang ruler who expanded into Korea; the only woman ever to assume the title of “em press” in China. Genghis Khan.

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tang taizong
Tang Taizong

The “Great Ancestor” (626-649) who extended China’s borders and reformed government and the law code.

wu zhoa
Wu Zhoa

The strong Tang ruler who expanded into Korea; the only woman ever to assume the title of “empress” in China.

genghis khan
Genghis Khan

The title taken by the Mongol ruler Temujin; a terrorizing strategist who conquered much of Asia.

kublai khan
Kublai Khan

The Great Khan who ruled Mongolia and China, founded the Yuan Dynasty (1279) and united China.

marco polo
Marco Polo

The Venetian trader who took the Silk Road to China and served the Great Khan for 17 years.

shinto
Shinto

Japan’s earliest religion, which is based on the worship of ancestors and respect for the forces of nature.

angkor wat
Angkor Wat

An extensive city-and-temple complex built by the Khmer and dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu.

koryu dynasty
Koryu Dynasty

Celadon pottery and blocks for printing Buddhist scripture developed under this Asian dynasty (935-1392).

movable type
Movable Type

The blocks of individual characters set in a frame and used to make a page for printing.

gentry
Gentry

Upper class scholar-officials in the Tang and Song periods whose status came from education and civil service.

pastoralists
pastoralists

Nomadic people who herd domesticated animals; they usually follow a seasonal pattern of movement.

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Clan

A kinship group in which the members are descended from a common ancestor.

pax mongolica
PaxMongolica

The period ( mid 1200’s to mid 1300s) that was characterized by stability and law across much of Eurasia.

samurai
Samurai

“One who serves”, a member of Japan’s warrior class who was a loyal bodyguard of a warlord.

bushido
Bushido

“The way of the warrior”, a code that required reckless courage, fairness, reverence, and generosity.

shogun
Shogun

A “ supreme general of the emperor’s army”, a Japanese title that conveyed the powers of a military dictator.

khmer empire
Khmer Empire

A powerful kingdom on the Southeast Asian mainland that peaked around 1200; prosperous from rice farming.

dai viet
Dai Viet

A Southeast Asia kingdom that broke away from China in 939, they preserved their own cultural identity.

archipelago
Archipelago

An island group, such as the approximately 4,000 islands that make up Japan.

porcelain
Porcelain

Bone-hard, white ceramic made of special clay and a mineral found only in China.