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Changes in the Sui, Tang, and Song Dynasty

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Changes in the Sui, Tang, and Song Dynasty
China’s development had started at a very early point in human history and continued to grow through millennium until the collapse of the Han Dynasty in 221. When China reunified it experienced political, social, and economical changes over a period of 700 years and 3 dynasties. Those dynasties were the Sui, Tang, and Song.

The Sui dynasty contributed the first official use of an essential political system. Within this dynasty, a transportation system was developed that improved shipping, communication, and emergency assistance. The Tang dynasty attempted to integrate some additions to their political system in order to improve chances for better qualified candidates. Within this dynasty, culture greatly enhanced and technology continued upward. The Song dynasty accomplished some of the most important aspects of the three dynasties. Among these accomplishments came a system to develop an even higher qualified base of political officials, agricultural advances for the economy, and an important emphasis on family values.

The Sui dynasty lasted only 38 years. Opportunities for improvements and expansion were opened and advancement was underway. Yang Jian, the first emperor of the Sui dynasty, attempted to bring unification within his people. Unlike his predecessors, he did not utilize Confucianism as the official doctrine; instead, the emperor used Daoism and Buddhism. The emperor then established monasteries and positioned the monks as political advisers. Three departments and six ministries, that began previously, were first officially used during the Sui dynasty. These administrative offices included the three departments of the Secretariat, the Chancellery, and the Department of State Affairs. The six ministries were in charge of justice, personnel, revenue, rites, war, and works. Yang Jian was responsible for the construction that began for a new canal that was 1400 miles long. When he died, his son, Sui...

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