Five Dynasties 907-960

The Period of the Five Dynasties was an unstable and brutal interlude in Chinese history.

Later Liang

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.

Later Liang Emperors

Taizu907-910
Modi911-923

Later Tang

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.

Later Tang Emperors

Zhuangzong923-926
Mingzong926-934
Feidi934-935

Later Jin

The Later Jin dynasty was another short lived and ineffectual period with loss of some land to imperial control.

Later Jin Emperors

Gaozu936-948
Chudi944-947

Later Han

The second Gaozu established a dynasty with no better luck.

Later Han Emperors

Gaozu 947-948
Yindi948-951

Later Zhou

At last the period of disunity ended with the powerful Zhou family taking the throne and quickly losing it again.

Later Zhou Emperors

Taizu951-954
Shizong954-960

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