Emperor Wen of Sui is potentially the most important monarch you’ve never heard of. For him, militarily reuniting China wasn’t his legacy – it was his prelude. Both pre- and post-reunification, we explore the internal facets of his truly impressive reign today: his origins, personality, outlook, confidantes, the existential problems he inherited from the Period of Disunion, and the novel, world-changing solutions he’d craft to ensure China’s reunification would be factual, rather than just rhetorical.
Time Period Covered:
Yang Jing (Emperor Wen of Sui)[r. 581-604]
Empress Dugu Qieluo
Arthur F. Wright, Chaffee and Twitchett (ed.) The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 3 (1979)
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