Chinese History And The Chinese Tradition

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Chinese history has witnessed the governing styles of many different dynasties throughout its history. Both the Tang and Yuan dynasties had expansionist ideologies, and both attempted to reallocate workload under their administrations. While the Tang government was focused on management and focused (specialization?) of tasks and services, the Yuan dynasty was less able to fully control its territory and people. The Yuan dynasty’s shaky regime, when contrasted with the relative stability of the Tang, highlights their differences in focus and implementation of legislation.
The Tang views on how to govern their large empire were steeped in Chinese tradition. They believed that the country was so large, one man could not hope to rule it (1). Thus, they should enfeoff their relatives and therefore disseminate power across the land so that no one man is too strong (2,3). In contrast, the Mongols believed that the vast territory that they had acquired needed to be divided by stark, strict lines. Ethnic and occupational divisions were cleaved within bureaucratic and social spheres (Governing China 53). These ideological differences highlight the source of these differences between dynasties: while the Tang was based in a rich native cultural history, the Yuan was a foreign power exacting influence in an unfamiliar region. This difference would color all other parts of the dynasties’ governance. The extent to which the Tang stretched in its prime could only be compared to the
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