China enjoyed one of its most productive periods of stability and cultural development during the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

The Mongol Empire in the fourteenth century, included all of mainland China and stretched far westwards across Eurasia.

Source: William Shepherd, Historical Atlas, Henry Holt and Company, 1911. 

From China came the compass, paper, printing, gunpowder (and fireworks), and more. Printing worked better with the western alphabet than with so many more complex Chinese characters.

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