Lecture 16 - March 2, 2010 CHINA HISTORY 2A Tang Dynasty:...

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March 2, 2010 HISTORY 2A CHINA Tang Dynasty: “Flying Cash”—effort to encourage trade and commerce, first use of actual paper money! Tang Expansionism, 630-700: Major effort is out towards the west, silk routes Battle of Talas River, 751— AnLushan Rebellion, 755 Tang Emperors—give more military power to outsiders who they can’t control (like AnLushan) Tang continues to get weaker—it returns to being dis-united kingdom’s by 950 End of Tang dynasty—room in central Asia for new central Asian states to emerge (Mongols!) “Equal Field System”—provides a stable tax base—did not want to face the same problem of the Han AFRICA Nile and Niger River = Transportation routes, nicer standard of living Northern Africa—DRY Sources: Historical problems, Africa was divided into European colonies—the “framework” of Africa’s history is characterized by Europeans that destroyed evidences of social complexity—they did not want Africa to come up with anything original. Is a problem when it comes to looking at the sources? Colonial geography—how to read sources—archeology, modern political problems interfere (poverty,
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Lecture 16 - March 2, 2010 CHINA HISTORY 2A Tang Dynasty:...

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