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5/14/10(Fri) Lecture Nineteen—The Silk Road and Tang Cosmopolitanism I) The City of Chang’an a) The Layout of the Tang Imperial Capital i) Largest planned city ever built ii) Division of the city into sectors b) Period of Economic Prosperity i) Rapid growth in population and cities ii) Shift from subsistence farming to commercial farming iii) Rise of entrepreneurship and small private enterprises iv) Measures to facilitate commerce c) Chang’an’s Cosmopolitan setting i) Terminus of the Silk Road ii) The Western Market iii) Incentives for travel d) Hazards along the Way i) Pamirs, Hindu Kush, and Tianshan ii) Tarim Basin iii) Takla Makan and Gobi Desert e) Travelers on the Silk Road i) Example of Sogdians from Samarkand
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Unformatted text preview: (1) Trade commodities ii) The Monk Xuanzang (1) Pilgrimage to India (2) Impact on Chinese Buddhism II) The Golden Age of Tang Poetry a) Imperial and social patronage of poetry i) 8th century reign of Xuanzong ii) Status of poets b) Wang Wei (699-759) i) Nature poet/painter inspired by Zen Buddhism c) Du Fu (712-770) i) Moral conscience inspired by Confucian sense of righteous pride ii) Witness to the turmoil, suffering, and injustice of his times iii) Account of how he died d) Li Bo or Li Bai (701-762) i) Romantic imagination inspired by Taoist ideals of spontaneity and carefree lifestyle (1) Unearthly, transcendental, and touched with a divine madness...
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