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Published on Jan 27, 2011
The Tang Dynasty from 618 AD to about 850 AD, and the Song Dynasty from about 960 to 1279 AD, were two of China's most successful era. THey constructed major infrastructure projects to unite the empire, and reached out across Asia to control the trade routes. But both were subject to the pressures of history.
I urge viewers of this video to take the time to look through the comments — American textbooks for middle and high school are often written by committees made of people who earned their degrees twenty years ago or more; both inaccuracies, and genuine mistakes, occur when the work of hundreds of years of scholarship is broken down to a three-page summary.
The result is often an incorrect or partial view of the history. You may be tested on the content of the text, but you should know that there is often a disparity between the textbook and the historical record.