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Expansion of Asia: 600 to 1450. AP World History Ms. Kamburov. Chinese Dynasties Chronology. Shang Zhou Period of Warring States Qin Han Tang Song Brief period of Mongol rule Ming. Tang & Song. Grouped together Tang expanded China

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Expansion of asia 600 to 1450

Expansion of Asia: 600 to 1450

AP World History

Ms. Kamburov

Chinese dynasties chronology
Chinese Dynasties Chronology

  • Shang

  • Zhou

    • Period of Warring States

  • Qin

  • Han

  • Tang

  • Song

    • Brief period of Mongol rule

  • Ming

Tang song
Tang & Song

  • Grouped together

  • Tang expanded China

    • Fell due to overexpansion and feuds between local warlords

  • Song

    • Fell due to Mongol invasion

      • Eventually Mongols were driven out and replaced with the Ming dynasty

Tang song accomplishments
Tang & Song Accomplishments

  • Tang – most famous for poetry

    • Tells us about daily life in China during that time

  • Under the Song dynasty, China developed printing processes (also increased use of gunpowder)

    • This facilitated the spread of literacy and later influenced education, etc. in Korea & Japan

    • DQ: Where else did printing processes simultaneously develop?

Tang poetry
Tang Poetry

At Partingby Wang Wei

I dismount from my horse and I offer you wine,

And I ask you where you are going and why.

And you answer: "I am discontent

And would rest at the foot of the southern mountain.

So give me leave and ask me no questions.

White clouds pass there without end."

Political stability
Political Stability

  • Under the Tang & Song dynasties, China was very stable

    • Bureaucratic system based on merit

      • Thus, civil service became a meritocracy as opposed to aristocracy

      • DQ: Who developed this system?

    • Extensive transportation and communication network within empire

    • Introduction of paper money and letters of credit

    • Urban base (e.g. Tang power was concentrated in Chang’an)

Wu zhao
Wu Zhao

  • First and only Empress of China

  • Ruled under the Tang dynasty

  • Ironically, China was at this time (600 – 1450) highly patriarchal

    • Women enjoyed very few rights

    • Foot-binding widespread under the Song dynasty


  • Most important ruling family was the Yamato clan – the first and ONLY dynasty to rule Japan

    • Eventually government fell into the control of the Fujiwara family while the emperor remained a figurehead

Feudalism in japan
Feudalism in Japan

  • Developed around the same time as in Europe

    • Emperor – king/monarch

    • Shogun – chief general or high lord

    • Daimyo samurai – lords or knights

    • Lesser samurai – given land by daimyo samurai

    • Peasants & artisans


  • Followed the Code of Bushido

    • Similar to Code of Chivalry for European knights

    • Stressed loyalty, courage & honor

      • If a samurai failed to meet his obligations, he was supposed to commit suicide

The mongols
The Mongols

  • Nomads

  • Superb horsemen and archers

  • Rivalries between tribes and clans prevented unity until Genghis Khan set them on a unified path of expansion

    • Led the Mongol invasion of China

    • Eventually the Mongol Empire spanned from the Pacific Ocean to Eastern Europe

      • Golden Horde in Russia

      • DQ: What major trade routes can you identify in the following map?