China: the Middle Dynasties 980 CE

By 980 most of China had been reunited under the Song dynasty.

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A military leader founded the Sui dynasty and reunified China, bringing an end to 350 years of division and weakness.

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The second Sui emperor's misrule brought about the downfall of the dynasty. A few years of civil war brought one of the greatest of all Chinese dynasties to power, the Tang.

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The early Tang period was a time of great prosperity for China, and the empire’s borders reached far out into central Asia.

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The last years of Xuanzong’s reign saw a terrible rebellion break out. This permanently weakened the Tang regime.

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The end of the Tang dynasty came when China again fragmented into numerous states.

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In 1126 the Song empire was confined to southern China by an invasion by a non-Chinese people called the Jurchen.

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Between 1215 to 1236 the Mongols, a people from central Asia, conquered northern China.

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The Mongol ruler Kublai Khan (Great Khan of the Mongol empire 1260 to 1294) conquered southern China.

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The Mongol dynasty was driven from China in 1368, and the rebel leader founded a new dynasty, called the Ming.

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