Sunday, September 12, 2004

China, Prosperity and progress

Hsüan-tsung's reign (712–756) was the high point of the T'ang dynasty. It was an era of wealth and prosperity that saw institutional progress along with a flowering of the arts. Political life was at first dominated by the bureaucrats recruited through the examination system who had staffed the central government under Wu-hou. But a gradual revival of the power of the great aristocratic


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