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Chapter 12

Empires in East Asia

TermDefinition
Wu Zhao Emperor that took over Korea and other lands lost under the Han Dynasty. She became the first and only female emperor in China in 690
Movable type Blocks of metal or wood , each bearing a single character, that can be arranged to make up a page for printing
Gentry A class of powerful, well-to-do people who enjoy a high social status
Pastoralists A member of a nomadic group that herds domesticated animals
Clans A group of people descended from a common ancestor
Genghis Khan Greatest leader of the Mongols. He is responsible for uniting all of the Mongols under his rule, and conquered much of Asia by instilling terror and destruction across the continent.
Pax Mongolica The "Mongol Peace"- the period from the mid-1200s to the mid-1300s when he Mongols imposed stability and law and order across much of Eurasia
Kublai Khan Grandson of Genghis Khan. Started the Yuan Dynasty. He united China for the first time in 300 years and opened China to foreign trade
Marco Polo European trader that served in Kublai Khan's government for 17 years. He kept a record of his accounts that were later published into a book, but few believe that he actually was involved in these events since there is no record of him in Chinese history
Shinto Native religion of Japan based on respect of nature and the worship of ancestors
Samurai One of the professional warriors who served Japanese feudal lords
Bushido The strict code of behavior followed by samurai warriors in Japan
Shogun In feudal Japan, a supreme military commander who ruled in the name of the emperor
Khmer Empire Southeast Asian empire, centered in what is now Cambodia, that reached its peak of power around 1200 AD
Angkor Wat A temple complex built in the Khmer Empire and dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu
Koryu Dynasty Dynasty that ruled Korea from 935-1392 AD
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