Oct16 - The Sui and Tang Dynasties Oct 16th The Sui...

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The Sui and Tang Dynasties Oct 16 th The Sui Dynasty -Founded by yang qian in 589ce when he reunited all of china -Succeeded by yang di (604-618) -Strong central government -Emphasis on conquest and infrastructure building -Vietnam and Eastern tucks submitted to Sui Fall of the Sui -Conquests and infrastructure building led to high taxes and forced labour contributions -Sui defeated by Korean kingdom of koguryo in 612-614 -Led to huge peasant rebellions -Eastern Turks rebel -Yang di flees to south china and is assassinated in 618 The Rise of Tang -Li Shimin, a general of mixed Chinese and barbarian descent, emerges victorious -captures changan in617 -establishes his father on the throne in 618 -after the death of his father, he killed his brothers and took the name of Taizong. The Empress Wu -Taizong was succeeded by gaozong(647-683), who consolidated the empire -Empress Wu rules through puppet emperors after Gaozong’ death -Assumes the throne in 690 and rules unitil 705 -Only female ruling empress -Strong supporter of Buddhism Xuanzong(712-756) -Reign was the high point of tang culture and prosperity -Growing financial problems -Tang forces defeated in central asia in 751 -Beginning of era of crisis -Tang dynasty has hobbled existence for next century and a half Tang Society -Tang built on innovations of earlier dynasties
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