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Inner and East Asia, 600 – 1200

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Inner and East Asia,
600 – 1200
Thinking Skill: Gather and
organize information and data
I. The Early Tang Empire, 618 - 715
A. Tang Origins
� Sui Dynasty (581 – 618)
пѓ� Emperor Li Shimin
пѓ� Extension of autonomy
пѓ� Allowed local nobles, gentry, officials, and
religious establishments to exercise
significant power
пѓ� Turkic Inner Asian-Tang Emp. And nobility
descended from Turkic elites
пѓ� Appreciated Pastoral nomadic culture of
Inner Asia and Chinese traditions
пѓ� Culture/military
B. Buddhism
and the Tang Empire
пѓ� Followed Inner Asian precedents in political
use of Buddhism
пѓ� Presence of Buddhism, responsibility of
king
� Mahayana Buddhism dominant – facilitated
cultural exchange
пѓ� Early Tang dependence on Buddhist
monasteries
пѓ� Cosmopolitan - diversity, contacts with
Inner Asia
C. To Chang’an by Land and
Sea
пѓ� Roads, Grand Canal
пѓ� Tributary system
пѓ� Compass design, ocean
vessels
D. Trade and Cultural
Exchange
пѓ� Cultural impact from Inner
Asia/Islam
пѓ� Clothing
пѓ� Stringed instruments, food
and wine
пѓ� 1000 CE exports exceeded
imports – balance of trade
пѓ� Silks, porcelain
� Increased trade– traders use
credit/finance networks
B. Upheavals and Repression, 750 –
879
пѓ� New fears of Buddhism undermining
Confucianism, Han Yu
� Emperor Wu Zhao – favored
Buddhism/Daoism, reviled by
Confucian writers
пѓ� Buddhists severed ties to this world
� 840 – Tang destroyed thousands of
monasteries, government gained
new sources of revenue
пѓ� Fall of Buddhism in Tang China
C. The End of the Tang Empire, 879 –
907
пѓ� Empire dependent on local military
rulers/complex tax system
� 755 – Rebellion led by General An
Lushan -> rise of military governors
пѓ� Prosperity but political disintegration
and cultural decay
� 879 – 881 – Huang Chao (gentry)
led greatest uprising Hatred of
foreigners
пѓ� Warlords wiped out rebels
пѓ� Mass migrations to the south
Discuss the absorption and also repression
of Buddhism in China. What was the impact
of these two trends in Asian history?
пѓ� Tang
adopted many Buddhist ideas, and
many of the Tang regions had Budd.
Populations. Bud. played an important
political function, giving emperors the
spiritual function of creating a harmonious
Bud. society. Bud. Monks counseled and
prayed for leaders and contributed money
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As the Tang political and military decline became
reality, however, there was strong backlash
against Bud. Tang elites blamed Bud. for
undermining Confucian ideas of the family as
the model for the state. Han Yu’s “Memorial on
the Bone of Buddha” in 819 was a strong
statement criticizing Bud. In 840 the gov.t
moved to crush the monasteries; 4,600 temples
were destroyed and 26,500 monks and nuns
were converted to workers. This was a huge
loss to China’s cultural heritage.
IV. New Kingdoms in East Asia
пѓ� Expanding
Confucian world
view targeted the
south
пѓ� Cultivation of rice
needed structured
society
пѓ� Korea, Japan and
Vietnam all
centralized power
during the Tang
period – saw
Buddhism and
Confucianism as
compatible
A. Korea
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Mountains, little agricultural land
Early 500s - kingdom of Silla (south); power of
landowners, Koguryo kingdom in north, after 688 Silla
ruled but needed support of Tang
After early 900s (fall of Tang) house of Koryo (Korea)
united peninsula – alliance with the Song
Koryo kings supported Buddhism – woodblock printing
from 700s
Process of woodblock printing, later advances
Koryo Founded 918, destroyed by a Mongol invasion
1259
B. Japan
пѓ� Geography
пѓ� Mid 600s Yamato followed Tang
government
пѓ� Wooden Architecture, Buddhism
пѓ� No walls, No Mandate of Heaven
пѓ� Unchanging Tenno dynasty, role
of prime minister and Shinto
пѓ� Kyoto
� Fujiwara family – cultural
development, Confucianism
пѓ� Power of warriors, civil war
� Education of women – The Tale of
Genji
� Kamakura Shogunate –
Buddhism, rise of samurai
C. Vietnam
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Red River and Mekong, irrigation systems
“Annam” – Confucian bureaucratic training,
Mahayana Buddhism
936 – Dai Viet – good relations with Song
Rivalry with Champa (south) – foreign influences
Champa and voluntary tribute – Champa rice
Confucian hierarchy – differences in treatment of
women
III. The Emergence of East Asia to 1200
Three new states: origins, beliefs
A. The Liao and Jin Challenge
� Liao Empire of Khitan (916 – 1121) – Siberia to Central Asia
пѓ� Pastoral traditions, importance of Buddhism to emperor
пѓ� Siege machines, horsemen
� 1005 – Song tribute to the Liao
пѓ� Alliance with Jurchens of northeast Asia
пѓ� Destruction of Liao capital in 1115
� “Southern Song” (1127 – 1279) – Song make payments to Jin to
avoid warfare
B. Song Industries
пѓ� INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION???
� Indian/West Asian mathematicians/astronomers –
fractions/calendars
� 1088 – Su Song and giant celestial clock
пѓ� Advances in magnetic compass
� Junk ships – rudder, watertight bulkheads…copied in Persian
Gulf
� HUGE ARMY (1.25 million men) – half the territory of the Tang
� Use of steel/iron – sources in the north
� Government monopoly by 11th c. – producing as much cast iron
as 18th c. Great Britain
пѓ� Mass production
пѓ� 1100s - Gunpowder - impact
C. Economy and Society in Song China
� Neo – Confucianism, Zhu Xi, ideal human – the sage
� Chan Buddhism (Zen in Japan) – mental discipline
пѓ� Rigorous examinations for bureaucratic offices
пѓ� Social implications of scoring well/poorly on exams
� Printing – woodblock to moveable type
пѓ� Mass printing of books, exam materials, instructions on
cultivation
пѓ� Agriculture south of the Yangzi River, plow/rakes, control of
malaria
пѓ� Migration to the south, displacement of native people
� 1100 – population in Chinese territories over 100 million
пѓ� Large cities
� Problems in cities – waste management, water supply, etc.
пѓ� City of Hangzhou
� Credit – “flying money”
пѓ� Government issued paper money - inflation
пѓ� Cost of military expenditures
пѓ� Sold rights to collect taxes
� New social hierarchy based on new sources of wealth –
MODERN – growth of middle class and private capitalism seen
in 18th c. Europe
� Women’s rights/education
� Development of footbinding – status symbol
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