Traditions and Encounters, AP Edition (Bentley), 5th Edition

Chapter 14: The Resurgence of Empire in East Asia

Essay Quiz

The book refers to China and the Byzantine and Abbasid empires as "political and economic anchor[s] of the postclassical world." What does this phrase mean? What did all three of the powers have in common? How did those factors contribute to their political and economic effectiveness?
The Chinese population underwent rapid growth from 600 to 1200. What developments during this period promoted that growth? What were the economic advantages of having such a large population? What are the potential disadvantages?
There were many foreign religions in China at this time, but Buddhism is the one that caught on. Why is that? What about Buddhism made it particularly appealing? How did it influence and blend with other belief systems at the time? How did its influence spread from China?
Traditions & Encounters, 5e
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