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Sui Yangdi- 2nd emperor of Sui Dynasty in China, responsible for building the Grand Canal and reconstruction of the Great Wall.

Li bai- was a major Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty poetry period. His influence also extends to the West through many translations, adaptations, and much inspiration.

Du Fu- was a prominent Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty. Wanted to be a successful civil servant

Bai Juyi- was a Chinese poet of the Tang dynasty. Many of his poems concern his career or observations made as a government official, including as governor of three different provinces. Renowned by japan.

An Lushan- Rebelled against the Tang dynasty.

Empress Wu- Leader of the tang dynasty, “behind the screen” manipulative, first female emperor, elevated the status of Buddhism. Only female to rule as an emperor. The Tang Dynasty was a time of relative freedom for woman.

Xuanzang- Famous priest of the Tang Dynasty & great translator of Buddhist scrips. Due to his translations of scriptures and propaganda, Chang’an became the center of Buddhism around the world. Took northern arm of silk road, objective to collect books on Buddhism.

Grand Canal- adjacent of the yellow river. The longest canal in the world

Huang Chao- The dynasty, which was one of the strongest in the world at the time, dissolved within a few decades after the rebellion, and the empire broke up into competing states of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period.

Prince Shotoku- subject of innumerable posthums portraits. Japanese prince best known for creating a strong, united government in Japan.

Taika Reform- were a set of doctrines established by Emperor Kōtoku. The basic aims of the reforms were to bring about greater centralization and to enhance the power of the imperial court.

Shomu Empero- 45th emperor of Japan. Sent armies to expand his way across the Japanese island.

Man’ Youshu- is the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry, compiled sometime after 759 AD...
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