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The oldest extant Chinese historical inscription that I know of is the Nestorian Stele, which is dated 781 A.D. The earliest manuscript of the Records of the Grand Historian is allegedly a Song Dynasty (12th century block print), however, many such block prints have fraudulent prefaces because in China older books were more desirable and brought higher ...


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The most significant impact of this first contact is arguably the extensive knowledge of new products and technologies in distant nations, which would pave the way for much more significant cultural exchanges in the future, notably the development of the silk road and Buddhism. After Zhang Qian's embassies in Central Asia lead to increased trade between ...


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There are no specific rules, it is completely up to the founders. Many dynasties ultimately took their names from one of the ancient states of China. In any case, usually the actual choice were made in one of six ways: Reviving an Ancient Name: the dynasty began where an ancient state existed, and took its name from its ancient predecessor. Examples ...


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Although the wikipedia article notes that a major cause of the rebellion was an agrarian crisis, note that famine is often caused due to factors other than agricultural production alone. Often bad distribution, heavy taxes and low market prices for agricultural produce cause famine. While it may look like agricultural technology was in its infancy then, ...



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