Wednesday, July 14, 2004

China, The Period Of T'ang power (626–755)

Two of Kao-tsu's sons were rivals for the succession: the crown prince Chien-ch'eng and Li Shih-min, the general who had played a large part in the wars of unification. Their rivalry, and the factional strife it generated, reached a peak in 625–626 when it appeared that Chien-ch'eng was likely to succeed. In a military coup, Li Shih-min murdered Chien-ch'eng and another of his brothers

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