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China (Sui and Tang Dynasties), 581–907

Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt

Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt is Professor of East Asian Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...The Sui-Tang period can be described as an age of internationalism and cosmopolitanism. Following the short-lived Sui dynasty, the Tang Empire grew to great heights, spanning the eastern side of the Asian continent, from Korea to Xinjiang...

Japan, 538–1333

Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt

Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt is Professor of East Asian Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...Between 538 and 1333, Japan was transformed from a group of heavily mountainous islands whose population made bronze goods and worshipped nature and deities that represented it, as in Shinto, into an organized Buddhist state. Beginning...

China (Liao to Yuan Dynasties), 907–1368

Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt

Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt is Professor of East Asian Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...These five empires – Liao, Song, Western Xia, Jin and Yuan – are as diverse as any in China’s history. Upon the Tang dynasty’s fall in 907, China became thoroughly divided. Already, however, the non-Chinese dynasty known as Liao (r...