The Period of the Five Dynasties was an unstable and brutal interlude in Chinese history.
A short lived and brutal dynasty, Modi murdered his father only to be overthrown by the son of a Turkish general Tang Zhuangzong.
During the tumult of this period the Tang civilization was kept alive amongst the southern ten kingdoms, especially Sichuan.
Despite managing to keep the northern provinces fairly united the Later Tang dynasty was a poor imitation of its greater namesake and was soon swept away by another Turkish General Gaozu.
The Later Jin dynasty was another short lived and ineffectual period with loss of some land to imperial control.
The second Gaozu established a dynasty with no better luck.
At last the period of disunity ended with the powerful Zhou family taking the throne and quickly losing it again.
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