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Compare the Byzantine Empire and China in terms of political organization.

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The Byzantine Empire, or Eastern Rome, was formed in the 300s with the split in Rome and lasted until 1453 with the fall of Constantinople to the Seljuk Turks. China had a dynastic structure from the Shang Dynasty until the fall of the Qing Dynasty in 1911 to the Nationalist Party. During the time period when the Byzantine Empire existed, we see several Chinese dynasties—the Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, and part of the Ming Dynasty. While they are located in completely different geographic areas (the Byzantines in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa; and China in East Asia), they did have a few similarities in terms of political justification and structure.

Both the Byzantines and China were empires. As empires, they had one person in control (the emperor), whose primary goal was to expand their territory. At the height of power, the Byzantines controlled lands in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa (see the link below). Chinese dynasties also sought to expand their territory;...

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