China's Golden Age: Everyday Life In The Tang Dynasty

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China 's Golden Age: Everyday Life in the Tang Dynasty - Notes Ch. 1 History (p. 1-18) Rebellion : 617-618 (p. 1) - Sui Dynasty falls to a combination of rebellions, invasions, bad campaigns, and mishandling of resources. - Commander Li Yuan (Gaozu) rose to power and forms the Tang Dynasty. Reconstruction : 618-683 (p. 1-4) - Gaozu claims western capital in 617 and renames it to Changan. - Reformation of government, education system, finances, and security. - Introduction of Tang copper. - Shortage and inflation of food due to series of droughts and epidemics. Usurpation, Overthrow, and Corruption : 684-712 (p. 4-7) - Empress Wu rises as regent for an ailing Emperor Gaozong. - Empress Wu usurps throne and establishes Zhou Dynasty. - Reign of terror ensues as she exiles,…show more content…
- Army of Divine Strategy. - Emperor Wuzong, a Taoist, persecuted other religions for economic reasons, espeically Buddhists, and had some of their property destroyed and some their members executed. The Decline : 860-884 (p. 17-18) - Combination of rebellions and revolts led to the downfall of the Tang Dynasty. - Emperor Xizong flees and Huang assumes power. Ch. 2 Society (p. 19-43) Aristocracy (p. 19-23) - High-ranking classes including the Emperor and his family. - Regulated laws, resources, punishment, wealth...everything... - Attained through tradition, military service, social standing. - Often corrupt. Bureaucracy (p. 23-27) - Officials consisting of functionaries and mandarins. - Functionaries responsible for drafting, recording, and accounting. - Mandarins pay functionaries and were “above” the tasks functionaries do. - Anyone who passes the exams can become an official. Eunuchs (p. 27-28) - Castrated individuals that were surprisingly influential and powerful in government and military. - A small handful were actually powerful and literate; most were limited to grunt work. Clergy (p.
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