The Tang Dynasty

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The Tang dynasty The Tang dynasty was centered in Chang’an, China and is considered by many as the golden age of Chinese revolution. The Emperors at the time presided over some great periods of art, culture and diplomacy in China (Hays, 2010). Changes in Political Structures: The leadership of Tang was military and most powerful, and they ruled with a pyramidal system with the Emperor and three main ministers at the top and below them were nine courts and six advisory boards. Social life: The emperors provided room for new ideas in art, religion, music and philosophy as well music. Buddhism flourished during this time, and many schools expanded. The Chinese arts were also cultivated which included painting, poetry and incorporation of dances and music from outside China. Gambling, which was popular, was abolished through the imposition of penalties. Economic Life: The economy was dominated by peasantry with both local and long distance trade being practiced. Non food crops such as silk were being produced on a very large scale (Hays, 2010). In addition, works of art and porcelain were also traded for ivory and other types of goods. The song dynasty This was a time of great social, economic and political change. Political changes: This was an era of administrative sophistication, where the central government employed thousands of workers to service postal stations. It was majorly divided into the northern and southern dynasties (Hays, 2010). There were advancements in weapons technology Economy: It was the most prosperous. There was investment in stock companies and in sailing vessels and vigorous oversees trade flourished. The central government was involved assessing taxes, setting workers’ wages and standardization of goods prices. Rural areas were dominated by peasants who owned plots of land on which they paid

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