Saturday, October 16, 2004

China, The struggle for central authority

Under Hsien-tsung (reigned 805/806 - 820) the T'ang regained a great deal of its power. Hsien-tsung, a tough and ruthless ruler who kept a firm hand on affairs, is notable chiefly for his successful policies toward the provinces. Rebellions in Szechwan (806) and the Yangtze Delta (807) were quickly put down. After an abortive campaign (809 - 810) that was badly bungled by a favourite eunuch commander, the


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