Li Shi Min, Founding the Tang Dynasty: The Strategies That Made China the Greatest Empire in Asia

Li Shi Min, Founding the Tang Dynasty: The Strategies That Made China the Greatest Empire in Asia

Li Shi Min, Founding the Tang Dynasty: The Strategies That Made China the Greatest Empire in Asia

Li Shi Min, Founding the Tang Dynasty: The Strategies That Made China the Greatest Empire in Asia

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This book is about Li Shi Min (599–649), Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty (618–907), who is regarded as the best emperor in Chinese history. Under his reign (626–649), China entered into a period of peace and prosperity. He made China the greatest empire in Asia of that time. He was respected by the khans of the khanates in the north and the northwest around China of that time as “Heavenly Khan.” He set a very good example for the later emperors of different dynasties.

By the end of the Sui Dynasty (589–618), under the rule of the cruel emperor Yang Guang of the Sui Dynasty, rebellions broke out all over China and China was in great chaos. In 617 Li Shi Min, who was just eighteen years old, put forward a suggestion to his father Li Yuan, who was the general in charge of the military and civil affairs of Taiyuan, to march to Chang’an, the capital, while Emperor Yang Guang was far away in the east. His father accepted his suggestion and commanded the army to march from Taiyuan to Chang’an. Li Shi Min commanded an army to march ahead of the main force. Li Yuan commanded the main force and captured Chang’an. Thus Li Yuan successfully overthrew the Sui Dynasty and established the Tang Dynasty, becoming its first emperor. Li Shi Min had made the greatest contributions in overthrowing the Sui Dynasty and in establishing the Tang Dynasty.

At the beginning of the Tang Dynasty, many parts of China were still occupied by warlords and local strongmen. In 618, Li Shi Min commanded an army to march to the northwest and fought against Xue Ren Gao, the Emperor of Qin, who occupied the northwest part of China. Li Shi Min won. In 620, he carried . . .

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