The aged Emperor Xuanzong of Tang rest uneasily on his throne as 751 brings not just the sting of defeat at Talas, but also to the far south and northeast. He and his chancellor will become increasingly reliant on the Governor-General of Dongan Protectorate, the Sogdian-Turk An Lushan. But at a time when loyalty, ethnicity, and what it means to be Chinese is increasingly strained, how much pressure can the system take before it snaps?
Time Period Covered:
Major Historical Figures:
Li Longji (Emperor Xuanzong of Tang)
Chancellor Li Linfu (d. 753)
Chancellor Yang Guozhong
Consort Yang Huiyuan
Crowned Prince Li Heng
An Lushan, Governor-General of the Andong Protectorate
Geshu Han, Governor-General of the Anbei Protectorate
An Qingzong (Gen. An’s eldest son and heir)
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Pulleyblank, Edwin G. (1976). “The An Lu-Shan Rebellion and the Origins of Chronic Militarism in Late T’ang China” in Essays on Tʻang Society: The Interplay of Social, Political and Economic Forces.
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De la Vaissière, Étienne, (tr.) James Ward (2002). Sogdian Traders: A History.
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