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1. Yang Di
Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty
2. Li Bai (or Li Bo or Li Po)
Poet of the Tang Dynasty. About 1800 of his 20000 poems survive. He allegedly drowned while leaning
3. Du Fu
Another Tang Dynasty poet.
4. Chang An
capital of the Tang empire
An Tang emperor. He encouraged education and during his time Buddhism was popular. after he defeated Tibet
7. Wu Zhao (Empress Wu)
A consort and empress of Tai Zong's son
8. Xuan Zong
Emperor who further encouraged learning and artwork. When he aged
10. An Lushan
a regional commander who eventually started a rebellion and captured Chang' an in 755. His troops drove Xuan Zong and Lady Yang south. An Lushan was murdered by his son in 757 and order was resumed in 762
11. Su Dongpo (Su Shi)
a song dynasty poet/painter. He often combined the two media.
12. Wang Anshi
chief counselor during Shen Zong's rule of the Song dynasty. Wang tried controlling prices by offering low rate government loans to peasents. He ended merchant monopolies and readjusted the tax system based on productivity of the land. Wang also tried buyinghorses and increasing the size of each districts militia. He also made more government schools so that people who couldn't afford private education had a chance to take the exams. He also reformed the exams to test intelligence rather than memory. He was removed in 1076
13. Shen Zong
a young emperor during the song period. He appointed Wang Anshi as chief counselor.
A barbarian group on the northern frontier of china. Allied with the song dynasty to defeat the Qidan along the northeastern border. Unfortunately
15. Zhu Xi
a philosopher who founded neo-Confucianism. He performed early science especially relating to geologic uplift. He argued that through Confucian discipline
16. Chinghis Khan (Ghengis Khan)
Unified several mongol and other tribes. They first attacked the Jurchen in the North
17. Kubilai Khan
The grandson of Chinghis Khan. Kubilai rarely lost an engagement and even rarer a campaign. An able ruler who rebuilt the grand canal