Lecture 8 - Tang China, Silk Road Cosmopolitanism - Tang...

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“Tang China: Silk Road Cosmopolitanism”“Introduction: The Tang Dynasty as Symbol (618- 907)”One of the greatest dynasties of ChinaGolden age of Chinese cultureTang ren jie: Chinatown (Tang is the word used to classify the ethically-Chinese)Irony is that the Tang culture was actually a mix of both the nomads and the ethnicChinese (so not really "pure" Chinese)“Chinese and Nomad Rulers”After the fall of Han (loss of the right of the heavens), there was fragmentation of ChinaRegardless, the Silk Road continued to flourishSome of the northern kingdoms were based on the people:TabgachorTuoba(what theTurkish people call themselves)oClan of the Xianbei groupoSomewhat related to the MongalsoRivals with the XiongnuoMoved around China, set up empire (short-lived), long-standing cultural impact→ helped reunify China under nomadic ruleoIn reunifying China, they helped integrate both the nomadic and Chinese culture(were accepting of some bureaucratic administration etc.)oSupported Buddhism (religious tolerance)oCreators of the caves (with Buddha etc.) to gain legitimacy (they are notbarbarians, but also religious, authentic rulers)oTime of literature/poetry/artoTuobapeople intermarried with local Chinese → mixed aristocracy (spoke bothlanguages, both men and women continued the horseback riding traditions, huntedand attended the herds, religiously Buddhist)oCamels symbolized wealthy, became increasingly important as the Tang

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