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

Richard L. Davis


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 throne of the Later Tang on the heels of a mutiny against his adopted brother, thus sparing his dynasty an early death. Mingzong’s brief reign came to be heralded by historians as the “Small Repose”—a happy convergence of peace and prosperity. He marshaled a cluster of eminently able courtiers, men who balanced Confucian charity against the military discipline demanded in a time of transition. The ... More

Keywords: Chinese History, China, Five Dynasty, Tang Dynasty, Mingzong, Biography, Politics, Shatuo, Diplomacy, Border Conflicts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9789888208104
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208104.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard L. Davis, author
Lingnan University