Ch 19: Asia in the Middle & Late Middle Ages

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Let us help you refresh your understanding of Asia from about 1000 to around 1400 C.E. Our video lessons and quizzes cover topics including the spread of Buddhism and Confucianism, commercial development, art and military conflicts throughout the continent.

Asia in the Middle & Late Middle Ages - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter's lesson to learn more about the rules and achievements of the T'ang, Song and Ming dynasties of China. Find out about religion in Asia during this period, and look at breakthroughs in Japanese art and literature. Get information on Japan's military society.

Other lessons look at events in Vietnam and Korea and the dynasties and religion in India. Watching these videos should give you an understanding of topics including:

  • Confucianism and Buddhism in China
  • China's commercial revolution
  • The Mongols and their achievements
  • Japanese Zen Buddhism
  • Samurais
  • Conflict between Hindus and Muslims

You can watch these videos on a computer, smartphone or tablet, all at once or individually. Each is about five minutes long on average. Every lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz that lets you assess your knowledge. A clickable timeline in the lesson allows you to quickly access terms and topics that you want to review.

13 Lessons in Chapter 19: Asia in the Middle & Late Middle Ages
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Chinese Dynasties (1000-1300 CE): T'ang, Song & Ming

1. Chinese Dynasties (1000-1300 CE): T'ang, Song & Ming

In this lesson, we explore three important Chinese dynasties of the Middle Ages: the T'ang, the Song, and the Ming, which all ruled for a few hundred years each between the 7th and 17th centuries C.E.

The Spread of Buddhism in Tang China

2. The Spread of Buddhism in Tang China

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of the religious philosophy Buddhism in the Tang dynasty of Chinese history. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Confucianism in the Sung & Mongol Periods

3. Confucianism in the Sung & Mongol Periods

In this lesson, you will explore the influence of the Chinese philosophy Confucianism on two very different, but very important periods in Chinese history. Then, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Commercial Revolution in Sung China

4. The Commercial Revolution in Sung China

China has undergone a lot of change over its lengthy history, but that change was rarely so impactful as to be called a revolution. In this lesson, we'll explore Sung China's commercial revolution and see how this changed China.

Ming Dynasty Achievements: Art & Technology

5. Ming Dynasty Achievements: Art & Technology

In this lesson, you will explore the art and technology of the Ming dynasty as Chinese artists and engineers rediscovered their Chinese identity. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Mongolians and Their Contributions to Western Civilization

6. Mongolians and Their Contributions to Western Civilization

This lesson covers the contributions of the Mongols to Western civilization. We begin by examining the tale of Marco Polo. Next, we look at some common misconceptions about the Mongols. Finally, we enumerate the many technologies brought to Europe by this group.

Japan (600-1400 CE): Beliefs, Reforms & Rulers

7. Japan (600-1400 CE): Beliefs, Reforms & Rulers

In this lesson, we explore the Middle Ages in Japan, from the classical era of imperial Japan to the feudal era of intermittent and regional warfare that followed it.

Japanese Literature, Art & Drama of the 9th-10th Centuries

8. Japanese Literature, Art & Drama of the 9th-10th Centuries

In this lesson you will explore the major developments of literature, art, and drama in the height of the Heian Period in Japanese history. Then you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Japanese Zen Buddhism: Description, Branches & Revival

9. Japanese Zen Buddhism: Description, Branches & Revival

In this lesson, we will explain the history of Buddhism in Japan. In doing so, we'll highlight Zen and Jodo Buddhism as well as Dual Shinto. We'll also look at the 20th-century revival of Buddhism within the country.

Japanese Military Society & Samurais in the 12th Century

10. Japanese Military Society & Samurais in the 12th Century

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of the samurai and the Japanese military culture of the 12th century. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Vietnam & Korea (1000-1300 CE): Overview & Influences

11. Vietnam & Korea (1000-1300 CE): Overview & Influences

In this lesson, we explore the history of two smaller Asian countries during the Middle Ages: Vietnam and Korea. We'll learn more about the dynasties that ruled each and the effect China had on both.

India (1000-1300 CE): Dynasties & Religions

12. India (1000-1300 CE): Dynasties & Religions

In this lesson, we explore the rise and decline of two of the more powerful dynasties that were present in the Indian subcontinent during the Middle Ages.

The Origin of Conflict Between Muslims & Hindus

13. The Origin of Conflict Between Muslims & Hindus

Hindus and Muslims belong to two different religions and over the centuries have both peacefully coexisted and violently clashed. In this lesson, we'll examine the origins of this conflict and see what it means to the world today.

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