King Taizong's Contribution In Overcoming The Sui Dynasty

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When Taizong helped overcome the Sui Dynasty, the leaders of most of central and eastern China, he did so with the goal to create a unified, dominant Empire that would become a model to all other nations. From his earliest goals of standardizing the Dynastic history of the continent to his ability to seamlessly merge new practices with the old elite families, Taizong’s governance and decrees were admired by surrounding territories. His leadership and government planning especially attracted the newly unified Silla Kingdom of Korea as well as Japan during Shōtoku’s Great Reforms. Both Kingdoms in Korea and Japan, despite social differences from the Tang, tried to implement the same reforms as Taizong and his fellow officials did: especially, …show more content…
For instance, Ebrey writes on how a monk, Jajong, persuaded the Silla court to adopt the Tang calendar system after observing court life in China. The Silla high officials adopted the Chinese writing systems as well, while the commoners used a simple phonetic system. As time passed, rulers of the Silla felt that their legal system could benefit from Tang influences as well, especially in order to secure royal authority. King Simun, in his “Proclamation of Accession,” states, “I have relied on the help of heaven and earth from above and have relied the help of my royal ancestors below, and the plot of those who planned yet more grievous sins was brought to life. The indeed shows that they were abandoned by men and gods and were unacceptable to heaven and earth.” In these words he denounced those who fought against him and claims the heavens and ancestors gave him his crown. This is a Confucian way of justifying his rule, and with his new power he established a bureaucratic government similar to the Tang’s, with six ministries within the central authority and local administrations in nine newly formed districts. However, as more Tang policies were enacted the demand for scholars and officials who understood Confucianism grew. This problem was solved by the Royal Confucian …show more content…
There, young men studied The Analects, The Book of Filial Piety, and Confucian Political Theory. According to Samguk sagi, after about nine years of schooling, “ A student who was versed in the Five Classics, the Three Histories, and the various schools of Chinese Philosophy was elevated a rank for employment.” This system, however was often undermined by the hereditary bone rank order. This social order was established in the early sixth century, before the unification of Silla, and was especially rigid. At the top were the holy bones and true bones, followed by the aristocracy, and then the commoners. De Bary surmises that the system was erected, “Probably as a means of distinguishing the royal line while also protecting the aristocratic status and privileges of the various tribal leaders.” Despite King Simun being a member of the true bones class, he was viciously contested for trying to place the most qualified into higher positions, rather than let them fall to the sons of the elites. Even though the bone elites held the majority of government offices, they protested, even to the point of rebellion, against letting lower classes take on high rankings as Confucius commands. However, despite its opponents,King Simun and his successors believed that following the Tang’s way of choosing officials was the

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