Chapter 12 Empires in East Asia.
Tang and Song China
Silk- makes a luxurious clothsoft to the touch but also strong and warm.
Magnetic Compass- can help the saliors navigate the open sea.
Gunpowder- can be used for fireworks or made into explosive weapons.
Paper- is a relatively inexpensive and easy-to-produce surface for writing and printing.
Tang Taizong 600-649 The man who restored China to its glory was a distinguisged general named Li Shimin. He seized the imperial throne in 626 after killing his father the first Tang emperor, to step aside.
Wu Zhao 625-705 At the age of 13, the beautiful Wu Zhao arrived at the court of Tang Taizong to become one of the emperor's secondary wives. After Taizong's death, she became a favored wife of his son and successor.
Genghis Khan 1162- 1227 Universal Ruler of the Mongol clan. Genghis led the Mongols in invading the northern Jim Empire in 1211, however, his attention turned to the Islamic region west of Mongolia.
2.- The Mongol Conquests
The Mongol Empire
Kublai Khan - Marco Polo
Kublai- the grandson of Genghis Khan, assumed the title Great Khan in 1260. In theory, the Great Khan ruled the entire Mongol Empire. Kublai Khan founded a new dynasty called the Yuan Dynasty. it lasted less than a century, until 1368, when it was overthrown.
Marco-The man who described Kublai Khan to Europeans left behind very little information about himself. According to Polo, Kublai recognized his ''merit and worth'' and sent him on special missions around the empire.
Japan lies east of China, in the direction of the sunrise. In fact the name Japan from the Chinese word ri-ben, which means ''origin of the sun'' or ''land of rising sun''.
From ancient times, Japan had borrowed ideas, institutions, and culture from the Chinese people. Japan's genius was its ability to take in new ideas and make them uniquely its own.
Feudal Powers in Japan