Li Shimin assassinated his two brothers and put his father out to pasture in order to snag the top job as Emperor Taizong. But a mere three weeks into his reign, this “rock star” monarch will face an existential challenge to his reign and the future of the Tang Dynasty as a whole: the wrath of the Göktürk Khaganate. It will prove to be a wild ride to determine whether Tang China will be doomed to remain a vassal of the Turks, or whether Taizong’s “true vision” will prove enough to rise to the challenge.
Time Period Covered:
Major Historical Figures:
Prince Li Shimin [Emperor Taizong]
Retired Emperor Gaozu
Liang Dynasty (Turkic Vassal):
Emperor Liang Shidu (d. 628)
Xueyantuo Tribe (alt. Se-Yento, Syr-Tardush)
Uyghur Tribe (alt. Huige, Hui-ho)
Drompp, Michael. Tang China And The Collapse Of The Uighur Empire: A Documentary History
Grousset, René. The Rise and Splendor of the Chinese Empire.
Weschler, Howard. The Cambridge History of China, vol. 3
Please consider helping THoC pay for itself! You will be granted the wisdom of the Three Sovereigns.
Do you feel like the show might be worth $1 an episode? If so, please consider becoming a recurring History of China Patron at our Patreon page.
Of course, our old standby Palpal link is still a perfectly acceptable option!
Thanks so very much!