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

Richard L. Davis


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 satrapy on China’s periphery into a powerhouse capable of unifying the north and much of the southwest. He governed on the principle of racial inclusion and refused to set the ruling minority above the Chinese majority through special privileges. As someone highly literate and artistically gifted, Li Cunxu seemed uniquely capable of bridging rifts within his culturally diverse ruling elite. Unfortunately ... More

Keywords: Later Tang Dynasty, Five Dynasties, China, Shatuo Turks, Military History, Biography, Tenth Century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9789888208975
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208975.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard L. Davis, author
Lingnan University