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Week_2.2ppt - Lecture 4 The First Commercial Revolution The...

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Lecture 4: The First Commercial Revolution: The Song Dynasty, 960- 1276 Was China the first market society in  world history ? Its “long apprenticeship”  in the  centuries leading up to the Song  dynasty Long-standing interactions with other  parts of the world, esp. during the Tang  dynasty (618-907 CE) Taizu, founder
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Pattern of “Imperial” China More than 1000 years old by  10 th  century CE Highly centralized government.    Emperor; mandate of heaven.  Rise of Civil Service exams  Scholar-bureaucrats.   No hereditary military  aristocracy. Contacts with other world  regions: trade, religion, culture Portrait of Sung scholar in his  study (NPM, Taipei)
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Song Dynasty, 960-1276 Founded by Zhao Kuangyin, a  general Northern Song (960-1126);  Southern Song (1127-1276).   Non-Chinese Rule in North  China between 907 and 1215 Liao dynasty (Khitan or Qidan  people) Jin dynasty (Jurchen peoples, also  spoke an Inner Altaic language) eventual take over by Mongols
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Sung dynasty 960-1179
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