The Sui Dynasty

Authored by: Victor Cunrui Xiong

Routledge Handbook of Imperial Chinese History

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138847286
eBook ISBN: 9781315726878
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The Sui was a pivotal period in Chinese history that marked the transition from division to reunification. It lasted only two reigns for a total of 37 years, during 29 of which China was united. Still, it laid the groundwork for the success of the brilliant Tang dynasty that followed. The rise of the Sui had as much to do with a confluence of historical forces—political, military, geographic, demographic, and others—as with a select few key decision-makers who changed the course of history through their action (Map 7.1).

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