WU ZETIAN'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE TANG DYNASTY

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This thesis represents cross-section of sources on a selection of major topics and issues related to Wu Zetian's policies and accomplishments in promoting the cultural development of the Tang Dynasty. Her contribution to the cultural development of the Tang Dynasty can be summarized into several aspects

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Wu ZetianWU ZETIAN'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE TANG DYNASTY By Rui Wang A thesis submitted in conformity with the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts Department of East Asian Studies University of Toronto 2008 by Rui Wang ABSTRACT Wu Zetian's Contribution to the Cultural Development of the Tang Dynasty Rui Wang Master of Arts Thesis, November 2008 Department of East Asian Studies University of Toronto This thesis represents cross-section of sources on a selection of major topics and issues related to Wu Zetian's policies and accomplishments in promoting the cultural development of the Tang Dynasty. Her contribution to the cultural development of the Tang Dynasty can be summarized into several aspects: increased the number of hiring sources, which drew a larger talent pool of potential candidates; increased the importance of the Imperial Examination System, and made bold innovations to it; selected scholars as officials according to the effectiveness of their essays and emphasized their literary accomplishments and ability to identify, relate and solve pertinent societal issues; broke the traditionalist's hold on power and influence, and integrated people of various backgrounds and cultures; summoned scholars to compile reference book, which facilitated cultural prosperity, promoted Buddhism and other religions simultaneously. All of those bold reforms enabled a paradigm shift that fostered an economically, socially and culturally

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