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Title: Tang and Song Dynasties of China


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Tang and Song Dynasties of China
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A quick review
  • Dynastic cycle-the pattern of the rise, decline,
    and replacement of dynasties
  • Shang dynasty-1st to leave written record
  • Zhou-influenced by Confucianism
  • Qin-Harsh Legalist rulers, build the Great Wall
  • Han-Confucianism became the official state belief
    system also influenced by Daoism, used civil
    service exams, Silk Road prospered

3
Tang (not the drink) Dynasty (618-907)
  • Major Accomplishments
  • Extended the empire
  • Importance invaded other territories for more
    resources
  • Expanded roads and canals
  • Importance Improved trade
  • Revamped the civil service exams
  • Importance Influence of Confucianism continues

4
Major InventionsMechanical Clock-Tang
  • 700s CE
  • A way to tell time that doesnt depend entirely
    on the sun

5
Porcelain Plates-Tang
  • Late 700s CE
  • Valuable export, production remained a secret

6
Gunpowder-Tang
  • 800s CE
  • First used for fireworks, then weapons
  • Changes the world forever

7
Paper Money-Song
  • 1020 CE
  • Contributed to large scale economy

8
Other inventions(Tang and Song)
  • Cast iron
  • Designs for a helicopter
  • The decimal system
  • Seismograph (measures earth quakes)
  • Matches
  • Circulation of the blood (discover)
  • Moveable Type

9
Fall of the Tang
  • Imposed crushing taxes
  • Government lost money and control of the people
  • Could not protect the large empire from outside
    invaders

10
(Sing a) Song Dynasty
  • Major accomplishments
  • Rapid economic growth
  • -Merchants grew rich from trade with Europe
  • 2. Over 10 cities with populations over 1 million
  • Examples of US cities today with pop. over 1
    mil.
  • Boston, Baltimore, San Francisco, Washington
    D.C., Las Vegas

11
Song Fashion Foot Binding
Effects from foot binding Effects from high
heels worn today
  • -Women ere subservient to men
  • -Status of upper class was foot binding
  • Reflected the wealth and prestige of a man who
    could afford such a beautiful and impractical
    wife
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