#95 – Tang 13: Xuanzong Can Fix It!

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Wu Zetian’s grandson Li Longji (aka Xuanzong of Tang) is left to pick up the pieces of 50+ years’ worth of overindulgence, royal excess, and the rampant deconstruction of the entire imperial bureaucratic apparatus. Thanks, grandma. Fortunately, he’ll prove uniquely suited to the role of maintenance-man, and under his unexpectedly capable leadership, he’ll reign in his family members, do away with the thousands of excess positions, reform the government, and stabilize the regime. He’s building up to a second Golden Age for the Tang Dynasty… all he has to do is get his obnoxious Aunt Taiping out of the way first…

Major Historical Figures
Li Longji (Emperor Xuanzong of Tang) [r. 712-756]
Princess Taiping [d. 713]
Li Dan (Retired Emperor Ruizong) [r. 710-712, d. 716]
Yao Chong [650- ]
Song Jing [663 – ]

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One thought on “#95 – Tang 13: Xuanzong Can Fix It!

  1. Deflation is always a funny concept to me. I used to think it silly that a short supply of currency would hurt anybody, till Undercover Economists kind of explained it. Even then, inflation, deflation, all these flations still sound like modern vices when circulation is skewed by the use of paper money and credit. So this physical undersupply of currency really opens my eyes, although I still have a hard time relate what happened then with economists’ depictions.

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