Episode 82 – Tang 1: The Tiger’s Trap


The Duke of Tang had taken control of China’s primary capital at Chang’an, and is now in position to seize the throne for himself. But even that momentous shift will only mark the beginning of the struggle to reclaim imperial authority and unite China under his single banner. For there are other claimants to the throne, and powerful warlords who have their own designs for China. But it will be in the cauldron of chaos that is the North Plains of the Yellow River that the new Tang Dynasty will truly be put to the test – will it remain a mere regional player in a multi-polar struggle, or does it have what it takes to reforge the nation into its united whole?

Time Period Covered:
617-621 CE

Major Historical Figures:
Li Yuan, Duke of Tang (Emperor Gaozu) [566-635CE]
Prince Li Shimin

Emperor Yang [d. 617]
Emperor Gong [r. 617-619]
General Yuwen Huaji [d.]

Xue Zhu (Emperor/Warlord of Qin) [d. 618]
Xue Rengao [d. 618]

General Wang Shichong (Emperor/Commandant of Luoyang) [d. 621]

Dou Jiande (Prince of Xia) [d. 621]

Li Mi Rebel Faction:
Commander Li Mi [d. 619]


Works Cited

Graff, David A.  Medieval Chinese Warfare: 300-900. (2001)
Sima, Guang. Zizhi Tongjian (Reflections of Governance) (1084 CE)
Weschler, Howard, Chaffee and Twitchett (ed.) The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 3 (1979)


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3 thoughts on “Episode 82 – Tang 1: The Tiger’s Trap

  1. I don’t know if it’s a problem with my own subscription in Stitcher, or a problem on Stitcher itself. When I look at the episode list on Stitcher, this episode, “#82 – Tang 1: The Tiger’s Trap (11/20/2015)”, is followed by “#114 – Tang 26: The Sweet Dew Plot (12/12/2016)”. I see no sign of #83 – #113 anywhere — they’re not just out of order, they’re not there. It then continues to

    “#121 – Tang 33: Tang of the Dead (April 16)”

    “#122 – Special: End of Dynasty Q&A (May 1)”

    “#3 – Tang 33: In the Rearview (May 13)” — was this one a wrongly titled one that you meant to delete?

    “#123 – Tang 34: In the Rearview (May 13)”

    1. I just now thought to check stitcher.com itself, and all looks well there. I’ll try uninstalling / reinstalling my app and such, or maybe see if there be another app. My apologies for the spurious report.

      1. Not at all! Thank you for you vigilance in the matter… I’d much rather get a false-positive about something wrong, than have an actual issue remain unaddressed!

        Thanks again!

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