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Question # 1:   Many people say that "The Heian Period [794-1192] is the Golden Age of Japan,"  and "The Tang Dynasty [618-907] is the Golden Age of China."  Select typical  examples from 3 areas (e.g., Education, Military, Religion, Literature, Law, etc.)  from  both  of these countries and Compare and/or Contrast ideas to support a  clear Thesis Statement. You may agree, disagree, or even agree with one and  disagree with the other.  The point is to discuss each country equally and have a  clear point of view (argument). The following date and terms must be included in  the essay:   Taika Reforms Shingon Buddhism,   mono-no-aware Cloistered  emperors (retired monarchs);  jinshi Wu Zetian, An Lushan,   and   845.   Examples: Literature, Law, Religion 1 st Tang Law- An Lushan 2 nd Heian Law-Taika 3 rd Religion in Tang-Wu Zetian 4 th Religion in Heian-Shingon 5 th Literature in Tang-Tang Poetry, Li Bai 6 th Literature in Heian-Murasaki, Sei Shonagon, Katakana/Hiragana
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Heian Japan and Tang China During Tang Dynasty China (618-907) and Heian Japan (794-1192), there was a great flowering of culture in both countries. At its height, both Tang China and Heian Japan can be considered as “golden ages”. However, the entire period of time of these two time frames cannot be considered as “golden”, as periods of flourishing were followed with strife and rebellions. This essay will examine the areas of literature, law, and religion and how they shared similarities and played important roles in both periods. The Tang Dynasty, at its height, was a time of unprecedented prosperity, on institutional growth, of new strands in thought and religion, and a flowering in all the arts. Specifically, a maturing in government and law built upon those left by the Sui contributed to long periods of peace and stability during the Tang. During the early Tang, a gradual growth of the concept of a unified central bureaucracy emerged; this helped to bring about a successful establishment of balance of power between the central government and its local representatives. Unlike the Northern and Southern dynasties of before, where prefectural and county administrations were dominated by members of prominent local clans, the new system appointed central governors. In order to maximize central governance, the great Tang Emperor Tang Taizong set down a code of laws and administrative practices. The failure of the Sui Dynasty in maintaining stability was of great concern among early Tang rulers, and from this concern, came one of the great achievements of Tang law that has been the model for the government structure and practice, and for criminal law administration of later dynasties. Its legacy also reached across borders and seas: the Japanese, Koreans, and Vietnamese used the Tang Legal Code as models for their own government institutions. This code reflects the attempt of the Tang government
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