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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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Volatile Periphery

Volatile Periphery

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(p.155) Chapter 6 Volatile Periphery
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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/9789888208104.003.0006

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 regularizing diplomacy and commerce. Mutiny started in Dingzhou in 928 and laid ground for the first military confrontation between the Shatuo and Kitan since Mingzong’s reign. Nanping to the south also threatened the borders. But the lasting conflict came from Sichuan, led by Meng Zhixiang. It was during the confrontation with Sichuan that An Chonghui perished. Although the insurrection ended temporarily, Chengdu rose again merely months after Mingzong’s death.

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

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