Post Classical Asia
By: Shiva Jayaraman and Luke Frazeur, 4th pd History
Essential Question: How does geography affect a society’s development?
Critical Thinking Question: Which aspect of post classical Asia's cultural achievements has had the most influence on the modern world? Explain how.
(All information is on the top of this Tackk Page, and the Pictures/Video are at the bottom, after the MLA Citations. The quiz is also coming after the pictures/video).
Taizong was the main leader of the Tang Dynasty. A major contribution of theirs included the creation of Chinese poetry which was then used all around China. China even expanded towards the present-day Korean area. It also expanded further westward. Geography affected this society’s development because it was between the Tarim Basin and Korean penninsula. There was a lot of fertility within that land, which helped the building of civilization, and when the Tang Dynasty had a strong foundation for civilization that allowed a large number of people to settle in one area, it provided the ability for expansion.
This Dynasty succeeded the 5 Dynasties and 10 Kingdoms period. The song issued the very first banknotes and money, and the rest of the world used that idea for a monetary system. With this, economy, trade, commerce, and manufacturing grew a lot, which made the business in the Song Dynasty thrive. They were mainly in Southeast China. Geography affected the development because the Song were close to water, which allowed lots of trade.
This was a part of the Mongols, established by Genghis Khan. Later on, his grandson, Kublai Khan, took control. The Yuan dynasty contributed to society by exchanging their culture through trade. They also made cultural improvements with drama. Marco Polo came and took notes on the culture of the Yuan. They took control of most of China and all of Mongolia. The geography of this particular region affected the development of the Yuan Dynasty, because there were flat plains, which allowed people to easily construct buildings and travel widely on horseback.
When the Ming Dynasty was flourishing, there was political stability, and literary arts/ novels were being developed during the time. The idea of converting novels to bookwork was progressing, also. They came after the Mongols were overthrown. The Ming Dynasty covered areas around Beijing, and so the Geography affected the Ming Dynasty because it was also in the Eastern part of Asia, near the pacific, allowing trade and cultural exchange.
Chinese Influence/Impact on Japan
The Chinese impacted Japan by having technological ideas and models of institutions. They also had a good trend of material production. Japan imported these from China. Buddhist religious beliefs were also developing in Japan, after interaction with China. The geography of Japan affected its development because Japan had a very temperate climate, as it’s next to the Pacific Ocean. This suited many peoples’ comfort while living in Japan. They were also isolated, which allowed periods of peaceful development.
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*Japanese Buddha and Bagoda, part of Chinese influence/impact on Japan: First 2 Pictures
*Ming Vase: 3rd Picture (Part of Ming Dynasty)
*Song Dynasty Map: 4th Picture (Part of Song Dynasty)
*Tang Dynasty Map: 5th Picture (Part of Tang Dynasty)
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