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World Civilizations HS150 Assignment 8 The Sui Dynasty 580-618; The emperor wanted to create a unifying ideology to enhance its efficiency. Yang Jian founded monasteries for both doctrines by turning to Daoism. He also appointed Buddhist monks to key positions as political advisers. Yang Jian was a conqueror, but he was also a builder. He order the construction of a canal from the capital to the Wei and Yellow Rivers a 100 miles east but unfortunately did not live to see its completion. Yang’s son, Sui Yangdi continued the 1,400 mile long Grand Canal connecting the two great rivers, the project was completed during his reign. The canal facilitated shipment of grains and other goods from southern provinces to populated north areas. It also served as a faster commuting link between the two regions, permitting speedy dispatch of troops to troubled provinces. Sui also used the canal to inspect his empire. The Sui Dynasty came to an end after Sui Yangdi death. After a failed campaign against Korea he was murdered in his palace. Li took advantage of the instability that ensued and declared the opening of a new dynasty known as the Tang Dynasty.

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