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Old March 25th, 2015, 02:22 AM   #1
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Song dynasty a golden age of China?


Why is Song dynasty is considered as Golden Age even though it later lost it's northern territory and having to face threat from Jin dynasty?

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Usually, when people said China's golden age,it's either Han or Tang but Song is also consider as golden age?
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Yes, when it comes to technical innovation, the Song is considered by some to be the Golden Age.
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Yes, I think when it comes to technology and economy, Song was indeed a golden age in Chinese history. Three of the four alleged ancient Chinese inventions (gunpowder, compass, printing, and papermaking) came from the Song Dynasty.
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The Han were known for technological inventiveness and military might, the Tang for military might and economy, and the Song for economy and technological inventiveness.
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The Han were known for technological inventiveness and military might, the Tang for military might and economy, and the Song for economy and technological inventiveness.
Song's economy was probably even better than the Tang. And also Song's military was not that weak, they were one of the first armies in the world to use gunpowder weapons, and they had resisted the Mongols for nearly half a century.
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I think comparing Chinese dynasties to periods of history in the west, Han would be Classical Antiquity, Tang would be the Renaissance, and Song would be the Industrial revolution. It certainly set the template for what China would be for the rest of the Imperial Era
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The Song was a golden age of Chinese culture too. I read somewhere that the habit of eating three meals a day came from the Song.
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The Song was a golden age of Chinese culture too. I read somewhere that the habit of eating three meals a day came from the Song.
And how much was it before, five a day?

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And how much was it before, five a day?

Stop trolling, if you don't like Asian history, then go to another forum.

You are distracting the people here who wants to learn more about Asian history.
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And how much was it before, five a day?

Two, actually.
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