Thomas BARTLETT

Emperor Song Taizu, founder of the Song dynasty, was a childhood devotee of the martial arts.

960–1279 Northern Song (960–1126); Southern Song (1127–1279)

The Song 宋 dynasty (960–1279) defined a new and enduring phase of China’s premodern civilization, including southward economic shift, flourishing of urban culture, revival of the classical heritage over medieval Buddhism, and a new class of civil administrators who served the enhanced imperial autocracy.

The Song 宋 dynasty’s duration of 320 years ranks second only

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