No Bull Economics Lessons

Macroeconomics & Microeconomics Concepts You Must Know

Asian Empires

  • Dynastic Cycle - Explains why Chinese dynasties are overthrown and replaced throughout history; This year we studied the Shang - Zhou - Qin - Han - Sui - Tang - Song - Yuan.
  • Tang Taizong - Founder of the Tang Dynasty that restores order and lowers taxes.
  • Empress Wu Zhao - Tang ruler that conquers Korea.
  • China's Golden Age - Under Tang & Song rule movable type, mechanical clock, magnetic compass (Song Dynasty will become great sea power), paper money, and porcelain were all invented.
  • Movable Type - Chinese invention that used printing blocks which could be used again to print something else; Technology will eventually be applied to the invention of the Printing Press.
  • Steppes - Central Asia; People are nomadic because of the extreme climate changes; Little rainfall with short-hardy grass.
  • Pastoralist - Nomads of the steppe that make a living by herding domesticated animals.
  • Clan - Mongols were nomadic and lived in a clan which was determined by kinship (ancestry).
  • Genghis Khan - Unites the Mongols and expands power east and west; Had brilliant military strategy and organization; Terror used as a weapon; Successors will continue to expand rule following his death.
  • Mongol Empire - The largest unified land empire in history.
  • Pax Mongolica - Mogolian peace; Ideas and inventions spread with trade throughout Asia and Europe.
  • Khanates - Following the death of Ogadai Mongolians divided power into four Khanates; Golden Horde in Russia; Chagatai in central Asia; Ilkhanate in Persia; Great Khan in China.
  • Kublai Khan - Rules China (Yuan Dynasty); Employs foreigners such as Marco Polo in gov't because he found them more trustworthy than the Chinese; Ditches the nomadic lifestyle; Internal family struggles will help the Chinese overthrow Khan rule following Kublai's death.
  • Kamikaze - To the Japanese this "divine wind" or typhoon saved them from a Mongolian invasion via Korea.
  • Shinto - Early Japanese religion that revolved around nature; "way of the gods;" When Buddhism arrives from Korea they will combine the two religions.
  • Kami - Divine spirits that live in nature.
  • Amaterasu - Japanese sun goddess; The rising sun is still symbolic.
  • Yamato Emperors - Japan's early centralized gov't; Claimed descent from Amaterasu.
  • Heian Court - Japanese aristocrats live by a complex code of conduct and morals.
  • Feudalism - Form of gov't in which people give up their land in exchange for protection.
  • Samurai - Protectors of the land.
  • Bushido - Code of the Samurai; Eventually all peasants are required to live by this code.
  • Angkor Wat - Massive temple complex built by Khmer Empire (Cambodia) to honor Hindu god, Vishnu; Shows influence of Indian culture.
  • Koryu Dynasty - Early Korean dynasty based on the peninsula.
  • Tripitaka Koreana - National treasure in Korea; Made up of over 81,000 wood printing blocks that had been lost under Mogol rule and destruction.

Chinese Dynasties - No Bull Review Lesson