Hum Hist handout 12

Hum Hist handout 12 - Human History Week 8 lecture 1...

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Human History Week 8, lecture 1 Revival of the cores 2/23/10 The Eurasian “dark ages” Great Eurasian ancient empires (Rome, Han) replaced by smaller successor empires (Byzantium, China’s “Five Dynasties”) and clusters of “barbarian” kingdoms (Germanic in Europe, central Asian in China) Historians traditionally spoke of “dark ages” in China (c. 300-500 CE) and Europe (c. 500-800 CE) Some grand monuments built, but declining population, life expectancy, living standards, urbanism, literacy Revival in the east China politically reunified in 589 by Sui dynasty (589-618) Between then and 1750, China is most developed region of the world Shared Chinese ethnic identity recreated after 600 Unity combines military power of northern China and economic power of southern China’s rice lands Tang dynasty (618-907 CE) is in some ways premodern China’s zenith Grand Canal links northern cities and southern rice; by 700 Chang’an has a million residents Wu Zetian (reigned 690-705), China’s only empress, promotes Buddhism, “protofeminism,” and civil service; golden age of Chinese literature
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