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The Yue ethnic group, for example, was incorporated into the Tang system of government with some measure of independence. Traditional tribal leaders were recruited to government positions, allowing them to govern their own people on behalf of the Tang. Art and Artists Thrive The Tang period is perhaps best known for an explosion of creativity in the arts. Some of China’s most famous poets lived and wrote during the Tang. According to historian Roberts, “The poetry written during that reign was later regarded as a model which all Chinese poets might try to emulate, but could never hope to surpass.

Mongol warfare was a family affair. Genghis Khan’s sons were given responsibility for different territories and campaigns east into Europe, south into Persia, southwest into Afghanistan, and south into China. Upon his death, Genghis Khan’s empire fell apart, divided among three sons and a grandson. His son, Ögödei, campaigned against the Chinese at their northern border, pushing south down the Yellow River into Sichuan. The farther south they pushed, the more resistance the Mongols met among the Chinese.

42 Wei rulers even went so far as to spread agriculture into the north as a way to provide a larger buffer zone between nomadic groups and the broader Chinese populace. If the land was cultivated, it was no longer suitable for grazing, and the wild horsemen would be pushed further north. The Wei government deported hundreds of thousands of people to live in and cultivate arid regions. From 386 to 409, during the reign of Tao Wu Ti, 460,000 people were relocated to the north. By the late 400s the Northern Wei had transformed from a nomadic, pastoral group into a sedentary, agricultural dynasty.

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