Similarities Between The Sui And Tang Dynasty

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Empires learn from their histories. Or at least they should. This was definitely the case in China after the Period of Disunion, which lasted for almost 400 years from 220 CE to 589 CE. During this time there was almost constant warfare and instability, especially because nomadic pastoralists from Central Asia had invaded the country. During the Period of Disunion, the nomads brought Buddhism, a religion founded in the 6th century BCE in India by the Buddha and based on the goal of achieving nirvana, or blissful nothingness. Before the Period of Disunion came the Han Dynasty, which lasted from 206 BCE to 220 CE. Finally in 589 CE the Sui Dynasty reunified China, and they reigned from 589 CE with the end of the Period of Disunion, to 618 CE, when the Tang Dynasty took over. The Tang reigned until 907 CE. China under the Sui and Tang Dynasties reflected the legacy of the Period of Disunion in foreign policy, women, infrastructure, religion and art. The foreign policy of the Sui and Tang Dynasties reflected the legacy of the Period of Disunion. The Sui moved the capital to Chang 'an in the east, closer to the nomadic invaders that threatened the country 's unity during the Period of Disunion (3,11-12). This way, if the nomadic pastoralists tried to invade the country, the imperial capital could immediately take action and put down the threat. The Tang protected the empire by attacking first and expanding the Chinese empire so that any potential threat was eliminated (4, 16).

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