Wendi - founder, reunified China with the support of the nomadic warrior elite. Popular because it lowered taxes and established granaries (a cheap, stable source of food supply). Imperial rule crumpled under Yangdi. 618 - dynasty collapsed.
Founded by Li Yuan. Armies extended the empire's reach to Tibet, Vietnam, Manchuria, and Korea.
Zhao Kuangyin - founder, reunited China in 960. Rulers promoted the interests of the Confucian scholar-gentry over aristocrats and Buddhist monks. Smaller than Tang.
Only woman emperor.
Era Of Division
Period of political disorder and chaotic warfare that followed the Qin-Han era.
Students that passed the most difficult exams, which made them eligible for high office.