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The major impact of the northern nomads on China during this time was that the threat of the nomads led to discontent within China. This happened because of the expenditures needed to deal with the nomads.
Particularly during the Song dynasty, China was paying tribute to northern nomads. At the same time, it was having to maintain large armies to try to protect itself. Both of these things took a lot of money. To raise the money, the Chinese government had to increase taxes. This stressed the Chinese population and helped to lead to discontent among peasants and others who were burdened by the taxes.
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