Was Qin Shi Huang truly a tyrant?

Qin Shi Huang ( 秦始皇; "First Emperor of Qin"; 18 February 259 BC – 10 September 210 BC) was the founder of the Qin dynasty and was the first emperor of a unified China. Traditional Chinese historiography almost always portrayed...

Three attempted assassinations of Qin Shi Huang

First attempted assassination Jing Ke Jing Ke's assassination attempt on Qin Shi Huang; Jin Ke (left) is held by one of Qin Shi Huang's physicians (left, background). The dagger used in the assassination attempt is seen...

Li Yu

Li Yu (李煜; c. 937 – 15 August 978), before 961 known as Li Congjia (李从嘉), also known as Li Houzhu (李后主; literally "Last Ruler Li" or "Last Lord Li"), was the third ruler of the...

Emperor Taizu of Song

Emperor Taizu of Song (21 March 927 – 14 November 976), personal name Zhao Kuangyin(赵匡胤), courtesy name Yuanlang, was the founder and first emperor of the Song dynasty in China. He reigned from 960 until...

Puyi: The Last Emperor

Chosen by Empress Dowager Cixi on her deathbed, Puyi (溥儀) became emperor at the age of 2 years and 10 months in December 1908 after the Guangxu Emperor died on 14 November. Titled the Xuantong...

Personality and achievements of Emperor Kangxi

The Kangxi Emperor (4 May 1654 – 20 December 1722) was the fourth emperor of the Qing dynasty. The Kangxi Emperor's reign of 61 years makes him the longest-reigning emperor in Chinese history (although his grandson,...

Early Life of Liu Bang

In imperial Han myth, Liu Bang was a descendant of the mythical Emperor Yao, who descended from the Yellow Emperor. It is a common practice among many ancient Chinese noble families to claim descent from...

Qin Shi Huang’s Names and Titles

Modern Chinese sources often give the personal name of Qin Shi Huang as Ying Zheng, with Ying (嬴) taken as the surname and Zheng (政) the given name. In ancient China however the naming...
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Evaluation of Emperor Wu Zetian

Quotes The traditional Chinese historical view on Wu Zetian generally was mixed—admiring her for her abilities in governing the state, but vilifying her for her actions in seizing imperial power. Luo Binwang even wrote along...

Death of Liu Bang

Emperor Gaozu was wounded by a stray arrow during the campaign against Ying Bu. He became seriously ill and remained in his inner chambers for a long period of time and ordered his guards...
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