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Yuan Dynasty ~ 1279 - 1368
Major Advancement: The Postal System
Shizu 1279-1294 Chengzong 1294-1307
Wuzong 1308-1311 Renzong 1311-1320
Yingzong 1321-1323 Taiding 1323-1328
Wenzong 1328-1332 Mingzong 1329
Shundi 1333-1368    
From the north came a great force. Since 1234, most of Northern China was controlled by the Mongols. It was but a small portion of the vast empire created by the conquests of Genghis Khan. The Mongol Empire stretched as far west as the Black Sea. But to the south, the Song dynasty had continued to hold the Mongols at bay in a very long stalemate. In 1253 Kublilai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, completed the southern expansion with the defeat of the Southern Song Kingdom. For nearly 100 years China would be ruled by the outsiders. During their reign the Mongolian Emperors maintained strong ties to the homeland and continued many of their cultural customs. In fact, they were all buried in Mongolia. The most notable contribution to the Chinese society by the Mongol rule was the development of the Postal Service. Something that was in practice in Mongolia for many years. The dynasty was certainly doomed from the beginning. The Mongols made no attempt to adopt the ways of the people they governed in any of their lands. Thus it was only a matter of time before the people would join together and drive them from their home. 1368 was the time, and Zhu Yuanzhang (Emperor Hongwu) was the man. A peasant turned rebel, he quickly gained popularity throughout the oppressed population and with this...power. He successfully drove the Mongols from the soils of China, and founded the Ming Dynasty.



The Great Wall of China The Forbidden City
The Terracotta Army Along the Silk Road
Dragon & Phoenix ~ Silk Embroidery
Silk Embroidery
Gold Leaf Painted ~ 10 Inch Turnip Vase
Gold Leaf Lacquer
Pair of 10 Inch Closionne Vases
Pair of Brass Foo Dogs
Brass & Bronze
Inside Painted Boxes

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