Standards: 7.3.1 ||
The Tang and Song Dynasties
Key Terms and People
Tang Taizong: a military leader who founded the Tang Dynasty
bureaucracy: a government with many departments and bureaus, all headed by appointed officials
Empress Wu: the only woman emperor in Chinese history
Li Bo: one of China's greatest writers (poet)
scholar-official: highly educated civil servants who entered government only after passing special examinations
merit system: a process for hiring and promoting people based on talent and skills, rather than on wealth or social status.
urbanization: the growth of cities
The Splendor of the Tang
The Song the Era of Good Government
Summary: Under the Tang Dynasty, China enjoyed political unity, strong government, and flourishing of the arts. The later song Dynasty, centered in southern China, relied on skilled civil servants.
Study Guide Questions
How did the capital at Chang'an reflect Tang power and success?
In what way was the Song era a period of good government?
Described three Tang achievements in architecture and the arts.
What might be the connection between the Tang bureaucracy and progress in arts?
Who ran the Song government?
How were the people who ran the Song government selected.
How did the Song bureaucracy increase the emperor's power?
|Homework: Choose one