Chap. 11 (Inner and Eastern Asia, 400–1200)

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Inner and East Asia (600-1200) Chapter 10 I. The Early Tang Empire A. Tang Origins -The Li family seized power from the Sui family in 618 and created a new yet similar empire. (Kept many of the governing practices but had a decentralized government by giving the local authorities more power) Tang was their created dynastic name. -The Tang rulers descended from Turkish Elites and they adopted parts of the Turkish culture while incorporating them with Chinese culture and technology. The Confusion civil service system was kept and Chinese military technology was used. However many of the arts and other military weapons came from the Silk Road and Turkish ancestors. B. Buddhism and the Tang Empire -The Mahayana sect of Buddhism was very popular in China. The Tang princes used the large influence of the Buddhism religion to support themselves, including paying the church for helping them fight wars. Though Buddhism and Confucianism were very popular, local cultures and beliefs still existed and were followed by a great number of people. C. To Chang’an by Land and Sea -Chang’an was made the capital city during the Sui rule, and the Tang decided to keep it as the capital during their rule. Chang’an was a central hub for trade and the Chinese society. It had a well-established road and water system, and while not connecting to the Grand Canal (between the Yellow and the Yangzi river), it served as a water highway in which people could travel. -Chang’an’s population reached over one million people during the Tang rule, yet most of those people lived outside the walls of the city. They lived in suburbs where they had special duties such as maintaining tombs and maintaining the Imperial Resort. - There were special places where the travelers and traders stayed and slept.
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