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Silk and the State in Song Dynasty China (12:27)

Key Ideas

As this video progresses, key ideas will be introduced to invoke discussion.

Key Ideas

Think about the following questions as you watch the video

  1. 02:12 According to Francesca, where was silk produced in the era of the Song Dynasty, and what were some of the most important export markets?
  2. 04:52 According to Professor Xiaolin Duan, how did the economy work during the Song Dynasty? Who made silk, in particular?
  3. 05:33 Other than clothing, what other uses were there for silk?
  4. 05:59 How did the expansion of trade to East Africa change the cities of the Swahili Coast?
  5. 09:06 What does the Pictures of Tilling and Weaving tell us about who did most of the work to produce silk?
  6. 11:13 Does Professor Duan believe that there was an industrial revolution in China in this period? What evidence is there for it?