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  1. TANG AND SONG CHINA

  2. TANG AND SONG CHINA • Tang and Song period= China’s Golden Age; arguably the richest, most powerful, and most advanced country in the world at this point • Wendi united northern and southern China 350 years after the collapse of the Han Dynasty; he forms the Sui Dynasty; it falls after two emperors; why? • Tang dynasty lasts for nearly 300 years; founded by Tang Taizong (ruled 626-649). • China retakes northern and western lands lost in the late Han; China takes Korea; role of Empress Wu Zhao (only female emperor)

  3. WU ZHAO TANG TAIZONG

  4. TANG AND SONG CHINA • civil service examinations; merit vs class • mid 700s= huge tax increases and border problems lead to unease • 907- rebellion kills last Tang emperor ( a child) • 960- Taizu proclaims himself the first Song Emperor; this dynasty also lasts around 300 years; the empire is smaller but still powerful • During these periods China becomes the most populous country in the world • Movable type • gunpowder

  5. TAIZU

  6. TANG AND SONG CHINA • More inventions: porcelain/mechanical clocks/paper money/negative numbers and algebra • magnetic compass and role of sea travel • Gentry- what does that mean • role of women and foot binding