KCTA_Song_Dynasty

KCTA_Song_Dynasty - Song dynasty (960-1279): Beginnings...

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Song dynasty (960-1279): Beginnings Followed the chaos of the Five Dynasty Period General Zhao Kuangyin conquers middle Yangzi region of Chu and Kingdom of Shu in Sichuan and becomes Emperor Taizu (r: 960-976).
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Accomplishments: Commercial Growth (“Pre-modern” economy) due to: 1. Increased rice yields thru: Introduction drought resistant and early ripening varieties from central Vietnam area. Improved methods of water control and irrigation. Increased supply of land through terracing so that rice could be grown on it. Published agricultural manuals to disseminate best rice cultivation techniques.
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Accomplishments: Commercial Growth (“Pre-modern” economy) due to: 2. Population Boom In 742, population was about 50 million, close to what it had been in 1 century CE, but by 1100, population was a 100 million. Chinese cities are largest and most sophisticated in the world then.
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Spring Festival Along the River by Zhang Zeduan (1085-1145) Northern Song capital boasted a million.
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Accomplishments: Commercial Growth (“Pre-modern” economy) by: 3. Produced world’s first government- backed paper money in 1120.
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