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People and Places

Richard L. Davis

in From Warhorses to Ploughshares: The Later Tang Reign of Emperor Mingzong

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9789888208104
eISBN:
9789888313167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208104.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

Li Siyuan acceded to the throne in 926 and came to be embraced by the skeptical courtiers of his day and discriminating historians centuries later. Chapter 1 provides background to the Shatuo people, ... More


Institutions, Reforms, and Political Culture

Richard L. Davis

in From Warhorses to Ploughshares: The Later Tang Reign of Emperor Mingzong

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9789888208104
eISBN:
9789888313167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208104.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

Chapter 5 discusses policies Mingzong implemented in detail. It spans from the changes he has included in the law and order of the country to his education policy to campaigns against corruption to ... More


Fire and Ice: Li Cunxu and the Founding of the Later Tang

Richard L. Davis

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208975
eISBN:
9789888313990
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208975.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

The Later Tang was the first of several ephemeral states created by the Shatuo Turks in tenth-century China and Li Cunxu, a martial genius, was its founder. In fifteen years, he turned a small ... More


From Warhorses to Ploughshares: The Later Tang Reign of Emperor Mingzong

Richard L. Davis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9789888208104
eISBN:
9789888313167
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208104.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

Mingzong (r. 926–33) was the most illustrious emperor of the Five Dynasties, and one of the most admired of China’s middle period, the Tang to Song. A warrior of Shatuo-Turk ancestry, he ascended the ... More


Volatile Periphery

Richard L. Davis

in From Warhorses to Ploughshares: The Later Tang Reign of Emperor Mingzong

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9789888208104
eISBN:
9789888313167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208104.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History

Chapter 6 is on the border conflicts during Mingzong’s rule. The Kitan was one of Shatuo’s biggest rivals and Mingzong has to shift from a policy of intermittent conflict to coexistence by ... More


The Tang Renaissance

Richard L. Davis

in Fire and Ice: Li Cunxu and the Founding of the Later Tang

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208975
eISBN:
9789888313990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208975.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

Fifteen years surely seemed an eternity to Cunxu, on the eve of securing the elusive conquest of the Liang. The man derided a decade ago as, “the kid who fancies cockfights,” had turned the corner as ... More


The Prodigal Son

Richard L. Davis

in Fire and Ice: Li Cunxu and the Founding of the Later Tang

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208975
eISBN:
9789888313990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208975.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

Footing in two cultures proved a mixed blessing for Li Cunxu (885–926), the object of much envy in his day. Through paternal ties to the Shatuo-Turks of Inner Asia, he projected the martial panache ... More


Vassals and Kings

Richard L. Davis

in Fire and Ice: Li Cunxu and the Founding of the Later Tang

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208975
eISBN:
9789888313990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208975.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

Death has a way of destabilizing empires organized around hereditary succession, yet transitions for the Shatuo Turks proved more volatile than most. Li Keyong died of a brain tumor on the nineteenth ... More


Raging Tempest

Richard L. Davis

in Fire and Ice: Li Cunxu and the Founding of the Later Tang

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208975
eISBN:
9789888313990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208975.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

Chapter 4 is about the events that would shake Cunxu’s rule, as foreshadowed in the third chapter. Beside troubles in the family, such as the Consort Dowager’s passing, mounting distrust and ... More


Royal Passage

Richard L. Davis

in From Warhorses to Ploughshares: The Later Tang Reign of Emperor Mingzong

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9789888208104
eISBN:
9789888313167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208104.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

Chapter 2 explains Siyuan’s climb to the throne, from his value to his adoptive father and brother to the events that lead to the military coup that put him on the throne. Siyuan’s military might won ... More


Political Events:: The Tiancheng Reign, 926–930

Richard L. Davis

in From Warhorses to Ploughshares: The Later Tang Reign of Emperor Mingzong

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9789888208104
eISBN:
9789888313167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208104.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

Chapter 3 is on the early reign of Mingzong. He has promoted men aligned to his priorities to his council and further involved civil officials in the social life of the capital. In 927, Mingzong ... More


Political Events:: The Changxing Reign, 930–933

Richard L. Davis

in From Warhorses to Ploughshares: The Later Tang Reign of Emperor Mingzong

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9789888208104
eISBN:
9789888313167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208104.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

In late 930, Mingzong changed his reign name from Tiangcheng to Changxing, as an acknowledgment of a feat accomplished. His priorities have shifted from legitimizing his regime to consolidating the ... More


The Hand of History

Richard L. Davis

in Fire and Ice: Li Cunxu and the Founding of the Later Tang

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9789888208975
eISBN:
9789888313990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888208975.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

Chapter 5 is about the ascension of Li Siyuan, Cunxu’s fictive brother on the throne. The chapter also details the ensuing battles with Cunxu’s sons that cement Siyuan’s rule as successor to the ... More


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