Tang-Song (10.1) F'09

Tang-Song (10.1) F'09 - Tang Dynasty 618-907 Sui Dynasty...

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Tang Dynasty 618-907
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Sui Dynasty Reunifies 581-617 Mixed blood Yang Jian, wife = Xiongnu Steps on toes (like Qin in 221 B.C.) Equal Field system Building projects Grand canal (Yangzhou to Luoyang) Palaces 611 attacks Korea: fails
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The Glories of the Tang 618 founded 626 Coup of Li Shimin (Taizong) r. 626-49 Foreign blood (Tuoba) Cosmopolitan Mixed race aristocracy Open to outside influences Foreign expansion, military might
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Cosmopolitan capital Modern Xian (Ebrey p. 117) Greatest city in world Pop: 1 mil insider walls, 1 mil outside Grid city: wards, official markets Foreign Trade Silk road Foreigners: Arabs, Persians, Inner Asians, Nestorian Christians
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Empress Wu Wu Zetian: concubine -> Empress Zhou Dynasty 690-705 Capital to Loyang Buddha Maitreya (Great Cloud Sutra) Stork academy (= male harem) Sends princes to marry steppe nomads Promotes exams Peaceful, prosperous reign
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Women in Tang Horseback Active No bound feet plump
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Buddhism A. Pure Land B. Chan/Zen
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Faith Amitabha Buddha Chant name Go to Pure Land = Western Paradise Problem of soul, craving Most widespread, heavy influence
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B. Chan/Zen a Meditation school Developed in China (Taoist influence) Bodhidharma: First patriarch meditated in cave 9 years No sutras, no texts Master-disciple transmission
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Meditation Eliminate all thought
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Tang-Song (10.1) F'09 - Tang Dynasty 618-907 Sui Dynasty...

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