Emperor Taizu of Song


Emperor Taizu (960-976 CE), formerly known as Zhao Kuangyin, was the founder of the Song (aka Sung) dynasty which ruled China from 960 to 1279 CE. Taizu settled for a territorially smaller but more unified and prosperous China than was seen in previous dynasties, and he made particular efforts to curb the powers of the military and bolster those of the scholar-officials within the state bureaucracy. Taizu's careful governance would ensure that his successors had the foundation upon which they could build one of the most successful dynasties in China's history.

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  • 927
    Birth of Zhao Kuangyin, future Emperor Taizu of Song in China.
  • 947
    Zhao Kuangyin, future Emperor Taizu of Song, becomes a military commander for the Later Zhou Dynasty.
  • 960 - 1125
    The Northern Song Dynasty in China.
  • 960 - 976
    Reign of Emperor Taizu, founder of the Song dynasty in China.
  • 960 - 1279
    Song Dynasty in China.
  • 962
    Emperor Taizu of Song introduces a new and harsh law code in China.