Asia's Past

China has one of the longest and rich histories of all time, but many people don't know that they created how we live today.

The Sui Dynasty

The Sui Dynasty was founded by Yang Jian and was heavily based on the Hang Dynasty. The Sui Dynasty is mostly know for creating the Grand Canal. The Canal was build by thousands of peasants under the will of the emperor Yand Di.

While the Sui had a large amount of land it was one of the worst and shortest dynasty's in Chines history. With large taxes and forced labor the Sui dynasty was very unpopular with the people. This lead to it quickly falling apart.

The Song Dynasty

The Song Dynasty was one of the most successful Dynasties. The Song Dynasty expanded the Silk Road creating a flourishing market. This brought urban lifestyles to a new standard and China rejoiced as the nation became wealthy. As the Song economy grew a need for a more convenient form of currency developed. paper money was light and easy to use, and its use quickly spread in Song China. This also lead to great cultural achievements. One was porcelain witch The Song Dynasty excelled at.

The Tang Dynasty

The Tang was founded by a Sui general that seized power and created one of the first gold ages of China. It fully unified China under one ruler and brought peace to a once divided nation. Along with having a peaceful nation they also had a large area of land.

The Tang Dynasty was also successful with art and writing. They invented woodblock printing, this revolutionized how information was spread as writing became faster and easier. The Tang Dynasty also had great poets such as Du Fu and Li Bo.

The Mongols

The Mongols were nomadic people that traveled through out Asia and concerned much of Asia under the rule of Genghis Khan. The Mongols weren't a very peaceful group of people. The Mongols tactics to win a fight or take a city were to surround the city and demand surrender. If the opponent refused they would be slaughtered with little survives.

One of the reasons that the Mongols could destroy entire cities was because they had great fighting skills. They were expert archers and had precise aim even on horse back. Along with fighting skills every man had a horse witch meant they could move fast and cover lots of land in a single day.

Japan and Korea

Nippon or the Land of the Rising Sun was the first name given to modern Japan. Japan developed around the religion of Shinto. Shinto was the belief that every thing had a spirit The rocks, the trees, the sun, and you. As Japan grew it also became apart of the market and Japan had many traders from other nations specifically Korea. As Korean trades kept coming back Japan adopted much of their culture like writing and religion.

But even with strong cultural influences Japan did still develop its own art and agriculture.

Korea was also heavily based on other culture such as China. After the Han Dynasty three rivals took control of Korea and after long wars Korea was under the rule of a strongly Chinese based ruler, but Korea like Japan developed its own art and agriculture.

Still today Korea and Japan trade various goods.

Civilizations of Southeast Asia

Most of Asia was influenced by the larger nations in power such as China and India. This lead to cultural diffusion along large trade routs. One of the larger groups to come out of this was The Pagan Kingdom.

They had a small area in the middle of Asia. Most of their art and architecture was based on Buddhist palaces and Indian agriculture. They also inspired the Khmer Empire witch concurred the Pagan's some time during the 850-1220. Before the Khmer became greedy for land the Pagan's and Khmer traded with each other. Eventually trade stopped because the Khmer had concurred enough land to create their own resources and they didn't feel that they had to trade with other nations.

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