Write an essay of at least 1000 words in response to each of the two topics listed above.

Topics: TOPIC 1: The Tang-Song Transformation The Song dynasty, despite its military losses to the nomadic regimes in the north, marked a new era in Chinese history characterized by profound political, economic, social and cultural changes. These include the rise of scholars’ status, expansion of civil-service examinations, rising prominence of Neo-Confucianism, re-definition of gendered space, […]