HS 150 assignment 6 - Joanne Petre AC1403416 HS 150.3.1 World Civilizations I Assignment 06 The Sui Tang and Song Dynasties of China each offer numerous

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Joanne Petre AC1403416 HS 150.3.1 World Civilizations I Assignment 06 August 31, 2016 The Sui, Tang, and Song Dynasties of China each offer numerous examples of how the past can influence the future. Ideas that were new at the time have become commonplace in today’s world. And these Dynasties evolved to be very different from the ones that had come before. Under the Sui dynasty, there were a number of significant changes. First, a new political system was established – the Three Departments and Six Ministries. The Departments - Zhongshu Sheng, Menxia Sheng, and Shangshu Sheng - were similar to the US executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The Ministries were under the authority of the Shangshu Sheng. Li4 Bu would be known as human resources today. Hu Bu mainly handled the financial aspects and territorial resources. Li3 Bu dealt with etiquette. Bing Bu would be comparable to the US military system. Xing Bu was the court and law enforcement ministry. Gong Bu handled a variety of affairs, such as transportation, farmland cultivation, and water conservation. (Sui Dynasty, Travel China, n.d.) Second, a more peaceful and stable society spurred economic development. “The agricultural acreage increased greatly which promoted the crop yield. The skills industry made some new advances with the shipbuilding technology reaching a new high level. Meanwhile, the commerce in Luoyang was fairly prosperous and in order to develop the national economy, a series of policies, such as Juntian (equal division of fields) System and Zutiao (tax moderation) System, were carried out. This equally distributed the farmland and moderated the tax rates while increasing the fiscal revenue.” (Sui Dynasty, Travel China, n.d.) Third, many social and cultural changes took place. Public works projects, such as the Grand Canal, were undertaken. The Great Canal was built to make communication between the north and south easier, but also to foster economic and cultural exchange. (Sui Dynasty, Travel China, n.d.) Religion also gained influence during this period. “Buddhism created a unifying

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