Chinese Empires: Sui, Song, and Tang

The Sui, Tang, and Song Dynasties lasted in China from 589 to 1279 BC. The Sui Dynasty was formed through a series of bloody events, and the link below illuminates the history of how it came to be. The website also goes into detail over how the Tang Dynasty came to be, as well as the Song.

Achievements

These three dynasties contributed to some of China's most important accomplishments. The Sui Dynasty played a huge part in the modern day Chinese day canal system (the Tang Dynasty also played a small part), through the building of the Grand Canal. The Song Dynasty made major contributions in the furthering of government, philosophy, and science. All three kingdoms led to the spread of different religions, mainly Buddhism, but also Confucianism and Daoism.

Leaders

Sui Dynasty:

Wendi (or Yang Jian) founded the new dynasty after unifying China. Wendi's son, Yang Di was the ruler when the Grand Canal was built.

Tang Dynasty:

Taizong is one of the most important rulers of the Tang Dynasty. He was responsible for much of the expansion of the dynasty, and he was greatly admired by his people. After his death, the wife of the new emperor, Wu Zhao, too control due to her husbands sickliness. The most influential ruler, however, was Xuanzong. Xuanzong allowed the empire to flourish and expand exponentially, and was renowned for it.

Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty (ruled from 712 to 756)

Did you know?

Dainty feet were considered a sign of beauty in women. Because of this, women started to bind their feet at a young age in order to stunt growth and produce smaller feet. During the Song Dynasty, women had little rights. If they had practiced the foot-binding methods, their feet were usually so deformed that it was impossible to simply walk around without difficulty. This added to the oppression of women, because their inability to move around with ease made them to seem as nothing but property to men.

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