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Sui dynasty

regained unity in China

Tang dynasty

built on Sui foundations, established patterns of Chinese life that endured for centuries

Song dynasty economic revolution

rapid population growth, adoption of drought-resistant rice from Vietnam and other agricultural achievements


major city located along the Yangtze River

foot binding

process that involved tightly wrapping womens feet sometimes breaking bones, made women more attractive for marriage and made them fit the stereotype of being delicate and small

tribute system

system that China set up with foreigners that involved trading goods/giving gifts to resolve things and maintain a good relationship with other civilizations and barbarians


nomads that caused problems for the Chinese

Khitan/Jurchen people

foreign states that required Chinese to deliver large quantities of silk, silver, and tea, concept of "bestowing gifts upon barbarians"

Silla dynasty (Korea)

allied with Tan dynasty to bring political unity to the peninsula for the first time, Korea maintained its political independence while still participating in China's tribute system


Korean phonetic alphabet

chu nom

Chinese writing that provided basis for independent national literature

Trung sisters

sisters who chose to commit suicide rather than surrendering to Chinese ways, caused rebellion

Shotoku Taishi

leader of a major clan who launched a series of missions to China


the way of the warrior

chinese buddhism

most important gift China received, as Buddhism declined in its homeland it became more popular in China, Mahayana thrived

Emperor Wendi

Sui emperor who had monasteries constructed at the base of China's five sacred mountains

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