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Study Chinese culture and society during the Middle Ages. Learn about the sea voyages, technological achievements, economic changes during the T'ang Dynasty and Song, tracing rise of "modern" form of Chinese society. Study how Yangtze Valley was converted into rice paddies with irrigation and canals. Study Mongol Ascendancy (1264-1368), with sea trade to India and Southeast Asia. Study special distinction given to merchants like Marco Polo at court. Study maritime expeditions of the Ming Dynasty until 1433. Study Confucian thought, position of merchant class and scholarly class. Look at the Chinese inventions, gunpowder, compass and printing, and effect on China and the West. --Emily Odza


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