Lecture 21: Sui, T'ang, & Song (Sung) Dynasties

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(Duiker 262-275, 278-282; Brians optional: 166-168)

How were government officials selected in the Song Dynasty? *What aspects of the system prevented it from truly providing equal opportunity to all? *What important innovations are described during the period beginning with the Tang Dynasty? *What was the traditional Confucian attitude toward the family? *How did women's lives change during the Song Dynasty? Why is Empress Wu famous? *What were the main causes of antagonism between Buddhism and the Chinese state? How did Neo-Confucianism discourage the development of a scientific and cultural revolution in China?

Lecture topics:
Taoism
Lao-tzu: Tao Te Ching
Search for immortality
Interest in science
Influence on Confucianism
Sui Dynasty, reunification
T'ang Dynasty
Art
Major subjects
Typical pottery style
Gunpowder
Printing: Origins and uses
Other technological achivements
Sung Dynasty
Famous for art, poetry
Ch'an Buddhism
Radical simplification, influence on art

Questions about Lao Tzu: According to the Tao Te Ching, what is the key to creating good order?

Lecture topics:
Taoism
Lao-tzu: Tao Te Ching
Search for immortality
Interest in science
Influence on Confucianism
Sui Dynasty
Reunification
T'ang Dynasty
Art
Major subjects
Typical pottery style
Gunpowder
Evolution of its uses
Printing
Origins and uses
Other technological achivements
Sung Dynasty
Famous for art, poetry
Ch'an Buddhism
Radical simplification, influence on art

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