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From Warhorses to PloughsharesThe Later Tang Reign of Emperor Mingzong$
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Richard L. Davis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208104

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208104.001.0001

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People and Places

People and Places

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(p.1) Chapter 1 People and Places
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From Warhorses to Ploughshares
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Richard L. Davis

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208104.003.0001

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, their culture and how their leaders became symbolic extension of the ruling family in the Tang Dynasty. The chapter also explained the life and legacy of Li Keyong, Siyuan’s adoptive father, the women as well as the surrogate sons in the family that create challenges as the regime transitioned from conquest to governance. It also introduces other political characters who became essential to Siyuan’s reign as emperor of the Later Tang.

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

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