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Political • Early Tang monarchs fully restored the imperial bureaucracy, which the Confucian scholar-gentry continued to dominate; brought back civil service exam from the Han; considered a Confucian Renaissance
• The role of aristocratic families within the government was still present; some did not have to take CST
• Although the examination procedure offered a chance for any man to enter the imperial bureaucracy, many obtained positions as a result of birth or family connections
• Anti-Buddhist Backlash in the 800s

Population growth and the increased pace of trade served to stimulate urban growth in - home to largest populated cities in the world




• The expansion of commerce was accompanied by substantial urban growth under the Tang and Song dynasties aided by the construction of the Grand Canal under the Sui
• Tang conquests on the western frontier opened up trade routes and helped to establish connections between the civilized cores of Eurasia; Silk Road secured during Tang
• Commercial shipping improved as the pace of trade quickened
• Chinese junks were perhaps the finest commercial vessels in the world at this time
• Market quarters in Chinese cities grew larger (these markets were organized by local guilds, but subject to imperial control); merchants had low status
• Exchanges involving money and credit became common
• The government began the introduction of paper money in the eleventh century during the Tang