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HAN DYNASTY


 
Early Han Dynasty was, in fact, a restoration of Zhou Dynasty's feudal system. Numerous independent statelets were in existence. The Chen Sheng & Wu Guang rebellion against Qin resulted in restoration of some of the ex-Zhou principalities. General Xiang Yu declared himself the 'Hegemony King of the Western Chu Principality', in addition to conferrals of 18 kings. During and after the Chu-Han Wars, Han Emperor Gaozu or Gaodi (Liu Bang) had conferred kingship onto numerous generals who contributed to the overthrow of the Qin Empire and the later campaigns against General Xiang Yu.
 
Early Han Dynasty, however, was also commented to have inherited Qin's cruel system and layout without any fundamental changes or reform. Han Emperor Gaozu had an official called Xiao He who had once served as an ex-Qin clerk in a county. Xiao He, being conferred the post of 'xiangguo', i.e., prime minister, would be responsible for maintaining the existing layout of the Qin system. Three branches of ex-Qin governance were utilized, namely, chief counselor (chengxiang or xiangguo), grand marshal (taiwei), and censor-in-chief or inspector-in-chief (yushi dafu). Chief Counselor was supposed to rule over nine chief ministers (jiu qing) and thirteen departments. By Emperor Wudi's times, censor-in-chief was in charge of inspecting on 13 circuits (zhou or fu) with circuit inspector (cishi) in charge, 100 commandaries and 1200 counties.
 
Qin's cruel laws began with reformer-legalist Shang Yang and got much more crueler under Li Si. In early Han times, cutting off the feet, peeling off the noses as well as inscribing the black ink marks on faces were still common. Criminal law reform would begin with Han Emperor Wendi (reign 179-157 B.C.). In 175 B.C., Wendi's 4th year, a famous doctor called Chunyu Yi offended some powerful patient and was sentenced for 'bodily penalty'. Since Chunyu Yi once served as a county magistrate in Taicang County, he was sent to the nation's capital for incarceration ('bodily penalty'). Chunyu Yi had five daughters, with the youngest one called Tiying. Tiying submitted a request to Emperor Wendi, singing JI-MING (rooster cuckoo) and CHEN-FENG (morning breeze) of SHI JING and saying she would be willing to be sold to the government as a slave for substituting her father's bodily punishment. Hence, Emperor Wendi was moved by Tiying and decreed that 'bodily penalty' be abolished. Later Han Dynasty histoian Ban Gu, who was twice imprisoned and died in prison the second time, wrote the first purported five character poem "YONG SHI" praising Tiying's bravery and filiaty, not counting eunuch-musician Li Yannian's song about the beauty of northern China ['beifang you jiaren']. (In Jinn Dynasty, poems were made up about the Li Ling and Su Wu stories of parting at He-liang in today's Outer Mongolia to infer that Li Ling and Su Wu first initiated the five character format for poetry.)
 
The domain of early Han China was not as extensive as the Qin Empire. Independent statelets would be the Nan-yue Statelet, Min-yue Statelet and Dong-yue Statelet. The non-Chinese statelets would include Dian-Yue, Yelang and etc. After being defeated by the Huns, Han Emperor Gaozu or Gaodi adopted a pacifying policy by supplying the Han princess for inter-marriage with the Huns. Emperor Huidi and Empress Luhou as well as Emperor Wendi and Emperor Jingdi followed through with the old policies. It would be during the times of Han Emperor Wudi (reign 140-87 B.C.) that Han China's territories would expand in all directions. Wudi would launch offensives against the Huns, retake the control of southern China, and invade today's Manchuria and Korea.
 
Han Dynasty's notable deeds would be the restoration of Confucianism as the creed for ruling the nation. (This compliment, widely quoted by historians, should be looked at through a different perspective. As Lin Yutang said, the Chinese practiced Legalism in essence while Confucianism on surface. More than that, Daoism had much more effect than the former two. See Confucianism versus Daoism below.) At the times of Wudi, around 124 B.C., 'Tai Xue', i.e., university or the Grand School, was created for attracting talents and The Five Classics became the official moral and political ideology of the state. 50 doctoral students were enrolled. By 50 B.C., the palace school had 3000 students enrolled, and by 1 AD, the graduates would staff the bureaucracy. Wudi, meaning the "Martial Emperor", was also credited with inception of the emperial eras. The definition of the Chinese New Year, i.e., the second New Moon after the winter solstice, could be dated from the inception of the Taichu Era in 103 BC. The 'Recommendation System' was adopted for purpose of having the talented people sent to the prefecture capitals and the nations's capital as reserve for the officialdom. Han Dynasty's 'Tai Xue' would be the model for Western Jinn Dynasty's 'Guo Zi Xue', Toba Wei Dynasty's 'Si Meng Xue', and Sui-Tang and Yuan's 'Guo Zi Jian'.
 
Serving under Wudi would be the historian Sima Qian (Szu-ma Ch'ien, 145-86 B.C.) who, having undergone castration for offending Wudi on the matter of absolving Li Ling's surrender to the Huns, lived with humiliation in order to finish his history book, Shi Ji ["Historian's Records"]. Sima Qian underwent castration for lack of surrendering the financial resources to redempt the conviction. Han Dynasty usually allowed people to either pay money or undergo castration in exchange for absolving from the death penalty. Also note that in ancient China, death row convicts would be absolved from execution during the year a new emperor was enthroned. It is called the 'imperial amnesty'. Death convicts were usually executed in the autumn of the year, i.e., autumnal executions. (Shi Ji was not officially sanctioned by the court. Later, during the times of Latter Han Dynasty, another historian, Cai Yong, was executed by Wang Yun for sake of stopping him from compilation of a history book.)
 
Han Dynasty possessed the typical characteristics as far as the pattern of power corruption was concerned. There would appear the 'empress power' ('in-law power'), 'eunuch power' and 'warlord power'. Gradually, the tripartitie functions lost their influences, and the departments like 'shangshu sheng' (state affairs) and 'zhongshu sheng' (secretariat) would weign on the emperors. The influence from people in palaces, the 'empress power', led to the demise of the Western Han. Wang Mang, who usurped the Western Han dynasty and founded the Xin Dynasty, derived his power from Empress Wang. All three forms of power corruption led to the demise of the Eastern Han dynasty. We would touch on this in the sections below.

 
 
The Demise Of Qin & the Chu-Han Wars
 
Emperor Shi Huangdi, Qin's First Emperor, was enthroned at the age of 13. During the 26th year of his reign, by 221 B.C., Shihuangdi completed the unification of China and he established the so-called 'Jun-Xian System', namely, the commandary-county system, at the advice of his prime minister, Li Tsu (Li Si). Shihuangdi re-zoned his country into 36 commandaries in lieu of conferring the title of dukes and kings onto his sons. In the next 11 years, Shihuangdi would be responsible for attacking the Huns in the Hetao [sheath] and Ordos areas, building the Great Wall, standardizing the writing system, coins and measures, paving the highways across the country, and digging the canals to link up the water system.
 
But, three years after Shihuangdi's death, by 207 B.C., rebellions, touched off by the Chen Sheng & Wu Guang Rebellion of 209 B.C., would overthrow the Qin rule. In 207 B.C., Qin's ennuch prime minister, Zhao Gao, killed the second emperor, Hu Hai, in an attempt to negotiate peace with rebel Liu Bang. Zhao Gao sent an emissary to seeing Liu Bang. Liu Bang declined the request to divide the Qin land into two parts. Liu Bang, knowing that it was a trick, took Zhang Liang's advice and dispatched Lih Yiji (Lih Sheng, ? - 203 B.C., who was conferred the title of Prince Guangye-jun by Liu Bang) and Lu Jia to the Qin camp for dissuasion and dissension. Liu Bang's army hence stealthily took over the Wuguan Pass without a battle. Prince Zi Ying, who killed eunuch Zhao Gao with the help of two sons, succeeded as the third emperor. In this year, 206 B.C., Zi Ying surrendered to Liu Bang after being on the throne for 46 days. Liu Bang was able to take over Qin's capital because General Xiang Yu had entangled the major Qin armies in the former Zhao Principality territories. Xiang Yu subsequently entered Qin's capital, Xian'yang, and killed Qin's last emperor, Zi Ying and the Qin's royal family members. Xiang Yu, with a stronger army, pushed Liu Bang into a fief in the Hanzhong territory. Xiang Yu then divided the land of China into over a dozen fiefs, with him proclaimed as the hegemony king under a nominal Chu Emperor Yidi's rule. Before long, the fiefdoms fought against each other; Xiang Yu killed Chu emperor Yidi; and Liu Bang successfully defeated all rivals, and established a unified Han dynasty.
 
The Chen Sheng & Wu Guang Rebellion
In 209 B.C., 900 recruits from Yangcheng in the ex-Chu Principality area were on the way of being dispatched to the northern post of Yuyang (near today's Beijing). However, the rainy season stopped them from going further. Fearing the Qin's punishment of death penalty for missing the schedule, two team leaders, Chen Sheng & Wu Guang, killed two Qin captains and declared an uprising in the name of restoring Chu.
 
Chen Sheng & Wu Guang took over the Qixian County in today's Hubei Province soon. Chen Sheng sent someone called Ge Ying on a campaign to the east, and Chen himself went to attack the Chenxian County with tens of thousands of rebels he assembled in a matter of months. Two Confucians, Zhang Er & Chen Yu, came to see Chen Sheng and recommended that Chen Sheng restore the ex-Zhou principality descendants as kings of the various principalities. Chen Sheng, however, declared himself King of 'Zhang-Chu', namely, king of expanding Chu. Chen Sheng dispatched Wu Guang as 'proxy king' on a northward campaign against today's Henan Province. Zhang Er & Chen Yu requested with Wu Guang for 3000 soldiers to attack the ex-Zhao territories, and Wu Guang sent Wu Chen as head of this expedition into north of the Yellow River. When Ge Ying arrived at Jiujiang, on the Jiangxi [west] side of the Yangtze River, he met an ex-Chu royal descendant, Xiang Jiang, and Ge Ying enthroned him as King of Chu. Hearing that Chen Sheng already declared himself King of Zhang-Chu, Ge Ying killed Xiang Jiang. But Ge Ying still got executed by Chen Sheng for his mistake. Chen Sheng sent Deng Zong to Jiujiang, instead, and he also sent Zhou Shi to the ex-Wei territories to fight the Qin armies. Wu Guang, failing to take Xingyang of today's Henan Province, took advice from someone called Cai Ci and sent Zhou Wen on a western expedition against the Qin capital in today's Shenxi Province. On the road to the Qin capital, Zhou Wen was joined by tens of thousands of people. Confucius' 8th generation grandson, Kong Fu, recommended to Chen Sheng that he should make preparations for bitter fights with the Qin armies. Wu Chen, after cossing the Yellow River at Baimajin, took over more than 30 towns and counties in a matter of months and occupied the ex-Zhao capital of Handan. Zhang Er & Chen Yu persuaded Wu Chen into declaring himself King of the Zhao Principality. Wu Chen, against Chen Sheng's order to go west to aid Zhou Wen, sent Haan Guang to the ex-Yan territories in the northeast, Li Liang to Changshan of today's northern Shanxi, and another general to Shangdang of today's Shanxi Province. Qin Emperor Huhai took the advice of Zhang Han in arming the convicts on the Lishan Mountain. Zhou Wen;s rebels pushed to Xi-shui River area. Zhang Han faced up with Zhou Wen and drove Zhou Wen out of the Hanguguan Pass.
 
In Peixian County, today's Jiangsu Province, 48 year old Liu Bang, an ex-Qin shire-level official who was hiding in Mount Dangshan (in today's Anhui Province) for setting free the Lishan-destined convicts, answered Chen Sheng's uprising by killing the county magistrate. Having arrived at Gaoyang, Liu Bang obtained Lih Yiji, a scholar, as his adviser. Liu Bang took over Chenliu and its warehouse as a result of Lih Yiji's lobby with the Chenliu county mgistrate. In the Yangtz Delta, Xiang Liang and his nephew, Xiang Yu, killed governor Yin Tong of the Kuaiji Commandary and they assembled an army of 8000 men, the later so-called 'brother-soldiers from east of the Yangtze River'. (In the ancient times, the Wu-Yue people around the Yangtze Delta were famous for carrying the swords and their belligerency, similar to the Japanese samurai.)
 
Zhou Shi attacked the ex-Wei city of Dicheng. An ex-Qi royal descendant, Tian Dan, killed the county sheriff and declare himself King of the Qi Principality. Tian Dan went on to drive Zhou Shi away. Zhou Shi, rejecting a request from his soldiers to be a king, sought from Chen Sheng (the Zhang-Chu King) an ex-Wei royal descendant, Prince Jiu, as King of the Wei Principality. Wu Chen's general, Han Guang, declared himself King of the Yan Principality after defeating the Qin armies in the ex-Yan territories. By this time, the Chu-Zhao-Qi-Wei-Yan statelets were restored.
 
After Li Liang took over Changshan of today's Shanxi, King Zhao, i.e., Wu Chen, ordered his general to attack Taiyuan of today's Shanxi. The Qin armies played a trick of dissension. Li Liang killed Zhao King (Wu Chen). Zhang Er & Chen Yu located an ex-Zhao royal descendant, Zhao Xie, and made him the new King of the Zhao Principality. Li Liang, after being defeated by the new Zhao king, surrendered to Qin General Zhang Han. Qin General Zhang Han had earlier defeated the western expedition led by Zhou Wen, and Zhou Wen committed suicide after a defeat. Proxy King Wu Guang was still encircling Xingyang at this time, but he refused to listen to opinions from two of his generals. Hearing of Zhou Wen's defeat, the two generals under Wu Guang killed Wu Guang with a pretext of an order from King Chen Sheng. Soon, the two generals (Tian Zang and Li Gui) were defeated by Qin General Zhang Han and got killed. Qin General Zhang Han went on to attack Chen Sheng. Near Xingyang, Chen Sheng was killed by his driver, Zhuang Jia, after being a king for 6 months. Chen Sheng's general, L Chen, buried Chen Sheng on Mount Dangshan. (Later, Han Emperor Liu Bang would order 30 families to guard Chen Sheng's tomb, and Chen Sheng was treated as the 'father of revolution'.)
 
After the death of Chen Sheng, someone called Qin Jia located an ex-Chu royal descendant and make him King of Chu. L Chen met a rebel called Qiong Bu (Ying Bu). Together, they retook Chenxian County from the Qin armies. Hearing that Xiang Liang & Xiang Yu had crossed the Yantze River, Qiong Bu went to join their camp. The Xiang army, numbering 8000, was cheated across the Yangtze by a Zhang-Chu general who issued an order in the name of dead King Chen Sheng. Chen Ying, an ex-Qin clerk of Dongyang County, combined forces with Xiang Liang. Together with Chen Ying & Qiong Bu, the Xiang army swelled to 40-50,000 men. Another rebel, by the name of General Pu(3), led 10-20,000 people to the Xiang camp. The Xiang armies went on to route the new Chu king at Pengcheng. The Xiang army then had a first battle with the Qin army, but Xiang Liang was defeated by Zhang Han. Xiang Liang then attacked Xiecheng. At this time, Liu Bang, together with Zhang Liang whom he met en route, came to Xiang Liang to borrow soldiers. Xiang Liang invited Liu Bang to a meeting for selection of a new Chu king. An old man called Fan Zeng recommended finding an ex-Chu royal for the post. The grandson of Chu King Huaiwang, a shepherd at the time, was enthroned and he was entitled Chu King Huaiwang. Zhang Liang proposed to Xiang Liang for restoration of the Haan Principality. Zhang Liang located an ex-Haan royal called Cheng and restored the Haan(2) Principality.
 
Qin General Zhang Han attacked the rebels in the Wei Principality. The Qi-Chu joint armies went to the relief. Zhang Han killed Qi's King (Tian Dan) as well as Wei General Zhou Shi. The Wei King (Prince Jiu) commited suicide. Xiang Yu rescued Jiu's brother, Prince Bao. Zhang Han went on to attack a Qi city which was guarded by Tian Rong. The Qi people enthroned Tian Jia, the brother of pre-Qin-era ex-Qi King Jian, as the new king. Tian Dan's brother, Tian Rong, did not obey to the new Qi king. The Xiang armies helped Tian Rong in defeating the Qin armies. But Tian Rong would not follow Xiang Yu in pursuit of the Qin armies. The Tian Dan family enthroned the son of the dead Qi King (Tian Dan) as another new Qi king.
 
In 208 B.C., Xiang Liang's army went on to take over the Dingtao City and killed Qin General Li You (son of dead Qin prime minister Li Tsu). In an ensuing battle, Xiang Liang, without taking Soong Yi's advice, was defeated by Zhang Han and got killed. Hence, Xiang Yu and Liu Bang retreated towards the south and moved Chu King Huaiwang to Pengcheng from Xuyi. Hearing that Qin general Zhang Han and 400,000 Qin army went northward to attack the Zhao territories, King Huaiwang sent Prince of Wei, Bao, to retake the Wei territories. King Huaiwang decreed that whoever entered the Qin capital first would be conferred the title of King of the Qin Principality. Both Liu Bang and Xiang Yu requested for the task to attack Qin.
 
Zhao King Xie, being attacked by Qin General Zhang Han, requested for relief. Hence, Xiang Yu, with about 60,000 troops, was eager to go to the Zhao territories to fight Zhang Han for sake of avenging his uncle's death. Emperor Huaidi issued order to have Xiang Yu, Soong Yi and Fan Zeng to render aid to the Julu Siege. Liu Bang, with less than 10,000 troops, campaigned towards the Qin capital. Liu Bang failed to take Changyi (Heze/Juye/Jining, Shandong), even with Peng Yue's help. Using Lih Yiji's proposal, Liu Bang went on to take Chenliu instead.
 
The Demise of Qin
In the land of the Zhao Principality, Zhang Er, Zhao's prime minister, was unhappy that his blood-brother pal (Chen Yu) did not send enough relief army to him. The two would become feuds after the war. Chen Yu deserted the Zhao Principality for the mountains. Zhang Er's son, Zhang Ao, would come to Julu to aid the Zhao Principality. Soong Yi had dispute with Xiang Yu about the battle plan. In 207, Xiang Yu killed Soong Yi and took over the command of the Chu army. Once General Xiang Yu arrived in Julu, the allied armies began to battle with the Qin armies. Xiang Yu ordered Ying Bu to cut off the grain supply of the Qin army. Zhang Gan dispatched Sima Xin to seeking the grain supply. Xiang Yu took over Sanhujin [three household crossing], and cut off Zhang Gan's return path. After nine battles, including the Battles of Zhang-shui and Wu-shui Rivers, Qin General Wang Li was captured, and his deputy Sheh Jian committed suicide, and another deputy Su Jiao was killed in battle. Qin General Zhang Han and his 200,000 army surrendered to Xiang Yu after the mediation of Sima Xin. Sima Xin had once rescued Xiang Liang from Qin's prison dozens of years ago. Xiang Yu, on the way westward, killed the 200 thousand Qin prisoners of war.
 
Liu Bang was able to take over Qin's capital because General Xiang Yu had entangled the major Qin armies in the Zhao Principality. Earlier, on the road, Liu Bang was joined by Peng Yue and his thousands of rebels. An old Confucian called Li Yiji came to serve Liu Bang. Li Yiji helped Liu Bang in taking over the crossroad town of Chenliu by lobbying with the county magistrate. Li Yiji's brother (Lih Shang) led 4000 men to attack Kaifeng. Zhang Liang came to join Liu Bang at this time. Hearing that Zhao General Sima Mao had crossed the Yellow River to attack Qin. Liu Bang hastened his war efforts for sake of being the first to enter the Qin capital. Liu Bang went south to attack Luoyang first. Using Zhang Liang's tactic, Liu Bang defeated Qin General Yang Xiong and took over Baima (white horse). Liu Bang's army subsequently took over Nanyang of today's Henan Province.
 
Qin Prime Minister, Zhao Gao, attempted to negotiate a peace with Liu Bang's Chu army. Zhao Gao sent an emissary to seeing Liu Bang. Liu Bang declined the request to divide the Qin land into two parts. Liu Bang, knowing that it was a trick, took Zhang Liang's advice and dispatched Lih Yiji (Lih Sheng, ? - 203 B.C., who was conferred the title of Prince Guangye-jun by Liu Bang) and Lu Jia to the Qin camp for dissuasion and dissension. Then, Liu Bang went westward, taking over the Wuguan Pass(Danfeng of today's Shenxi Province). Liu Bang's army hence stealthily took over the Wuguan Pass without a battle. Liu Bang's army defeated the Qin army at Lantian. In August of 207 B.C., Zhao Gao, killed the second emperor, Hu Hai, in an attempt to negotiate peace with rebel Liu Bang. Prince Zi Ying succeeded as the third emperor. In September, Zi Ying killed eunuch Zhao Gao with the help of two sons. In November, Liu Bang's army pushed to Ba-shang, i.e., the Upper Ba-shui River, next to the Qin capital. Zi Ying surrendered to Liu Bang after being on the throne for 46 days. Liu Bang was able to take over Qin's capital because General Xiang Yu had entangled the major Qin armies in the former Zhao Principality territories. Xiang Yu subsequently entered Qin's capital, Xian'yang, and killed Qin's last emperor, Zi Ying and the Qin's royal family members.
 
When General Xiang Yu arrived at the Han'gu'guan Pass, he met with Liu Bang's soldiers who refused to allow him to enter Qin's land. Xiang Yu, with soldiers four times more than Liu Bang, ordered Ying Bu (Qiong Bu) to attack the Han'guguan pass. Liu Bang, using the tips from Zhang Liang, bribed Xiang Yu's uncle, Xiang Bo, for reconciliation. There was a banquet called the Hongmen (Xinfen) Banquet from which Liu Bang slipped away alive. Xiang Yu entered Qin's capital, Xian'yang, and killed Qin's last emperor (Zi Ying) and Qin's royal family members. After pillaging Qin's "Er Pang Gong Palace" which ran for 300 Chinese li distance, Xiang Yu ordered that the palace be burnt. The fire went on for three months. Xiang Yu sent soldiers to the Lishan Mountain to dig up Qin Emperor Shihuangdi's tomb as well. The lootings took one month to move to Xian'yang. In February of 206 B.C., Xiang Yu made Chu King Huaiwang into Emperor Yi-di (righteous emperor) and ordered that Emperor Yidi (Xiong Xin) leave Pengcheng for Bin (Binzhou, Hunan) to the south of the Yangtze so that he could come back to the Pengcheng city. Meantime, Xiang Yu ordered the King of Qiujiang (Ying Bu) to send assassins to killing Chu Emepror Yidi [righteous emperor]. Wu Rui (King Hengshan-wang), Ying Bu (King Jiujiang-wang) and Gong Ao (King Linjiang-wang) were implicated in the killing of the emperor in Bin. Thereafter, in March, Xiang Yu proclaimed himself the King of Xichu Ba Wang, namely, i.e., hegemony king of the Western Chu Principality, with control of nine commandaries. General Xiang Yu rezoned the country into the following eighteen vassalage states:

    King of Han for Liu Bang, with domains covering today's Sichuan Province and Hanzong (the land between today's Sichuan and Shaanxi);
    King of Yong for Zhang Han, with domains covering west of the ex-Qin capital, Xianyang;
    King of Sai for Sima Xin, with domain covering the areas between east of Xianyang and the Yellow River;
    King of Di for Dong Yi, with domain covering Shangjun;
    King of Xiwei (Western Wei) for King Bao of Wei, with domain moved to the east of Yellow River;
    King of Henan for Shen Yang, with domain covering Luoyang city, today's Henan Province;
    King of Haan for King Cheng of Haan, with domain at the Yangdi city;
    King of Yin for Sima Mao, with domain inside of the Yellow River Bend;
    King of Dai for King Xie of Zhao, with domain around the Dai Prefecture;
    King of Changshan for Zhao Er, with domain at the ex-Zhao Principality;
    King of Qiujiang for Qiong Bu, with domain around Dangyang;
    King of Hengshan for Wu Rui, with domain in the middle Yangtze River areas;
    King of Linjiang for Gong Ao, with domain covering Jiangling, today's Hubei Province;
    King of Liaodong (today's eastern Liaoning Province) for King Han Guang of the Yan Principality, with domain moved to today's southern Manchuria;
    King of Yan for Zang Tu, with domain covering today's Beijing, Hebei Province;
    King of Jiaodong for King Tian Shi of the Qi Principality, with domain relocated to today's eastern Shandong Province;
    King of Qi for Tian Du, with domain covering the ex-Qi principality;
    King of Jibei for Tian An, with domain covering today's northern Shandong Province.
The Chu-Han Wars
Liu Bang's Han Dynasty would come from the title as King of Han(4). Liu Bang was allowed thirty thousand troops to take to the Han-zhong territory. Using Zhang Liang's tactic, Liu Bang ordered the cliff road be burnt while relocating to Nanzheng. General Xiang Yu, after pillaging the Qin capital, left for Pengcheng. On the way, Xiang Yu took the King of Haan(2), Haan Cheng (Prince Hengyang-jun of the Haan Principality), into custody for his allowing Zhang Liang to escort Liu Bang westward. Haan Cheng, who did not received the conferral of land, was given the title of Marquis Rang-hou. The King of Yan, Haan Guang, refused to relocate to today's eastern Liaoning Province. King Zang Tu, who received the king conferral from Xiang Yu, expelled Haan Guang and chased him to death at the Wuzhongshan Mountain. Zang Tu took ver both the Yan land and the Liao-dong [east of the Liao-he River] land. Xiang Yu conferred Zang Tu the Liaoning land as well.
 
Tian Rong was not given any conferral from Xiang Yu for his refusal to join the allied army against the Qin capital, and hence was to see his doman subdivided into three parts. The King of Jiaodong, Tian Shi, was killed by his general Tian Rong. Tian Rong sent an army to defeat the King of Qi, Tian Du. Tian Rong further killed the King of Jibei, Tian An, and declared himself King of the Three Qi Lands ('San Qi').
 
Chen Yu, who received three couties near Nanpi from Xiang Yu, came out of seclusion at Nanpi (Cangzhou, Hebei), sent emissary Xia Sui to Qi, and requested for aid from Tian Rong in attacking the King of Changshan, Zhao Er, his one time blood brother. Tian Rong gave some soldiers to Chen Yu. Chen Yu welcomed the King of Dai (previously King Xie of Zhao) back to Zhao as the king, and King Xie conferred Chen Yu the kingship of Dai. Tian Rong also conferred the seal of a general on Peng Yue and ordered Peng Yue to attack the Liang (Wei) places. Peng Yue, who did not participate in the campaign to the west, did not enjoy the conferral from Xiang Yu, either. Xiang Yu ordered a campaign against Peng Yue. Thinking that Peng Yue received the backing from Tian Rong of Qi, he would concentrate on fighting the Qi armies first. Xiang Yu ordered Ying Bu to send the Jiujiang troops northward to assist with the campaign against Qi. However, Ying Bu refused to obey the order. Peng Yue, who possessed over ten thousand troops, defeated Xiang Yu's Chu army which was headed by Xiao-gong-jiao (? Xiao-gong [? county magistrate for Xiao or an elderly from Xiao]).
 
Liu Bang, at Xiao Heh's recommendation, used Haan Xin as 'Da Jiangjun', i.e., the grand marshal. Haan Xin was let go from the death penalty by Teng-gong (? county magistrate for Teng or an elderly from Teng) Xiahou Ying after he broke the Chu army's military law. Haan Xin, pretending that the Han(4) armies were busy repairing the so-called 'zhan dao', wood and bamboo roads carved in the middle of the cliffs, had the Han army circumvent to Nanzheng. (The 'zhan dao' road was burnt by Zhang Liang earlier to show to Xiang Yu that Liu Bang had no ambition for the east.) Haan Xin would soon arrive at Chencang. In August of 206 B.C., the Han army was impeded at Chencang. The Yong army lined up along the Wei-shang [upper Wei-shui River] area. Zhao Yan, i.e., Marquis Xuchang-hou, suggested to Liu Bang to take an alternative route. At Haochou (Qianxian/Qianzhou), the Han army defeated the King of Yong, Zhang Han. The Han army further laid siege of Zhang Han at Feiqiu. Within one month, King of Sai (Sima Xin) and King of Di ( Dong Yi) both surrendered, and Liu Bang retook the old Three Qin Lands ('San Qin'). Then, Liu Bang dispatched Lih Shang on a campaign against the Longxi, Shangjun and Beidi commandaries. Later, in June of 205 B.C., Zhang Han committed suicide after the han army launched a water-flooding attack at Feiqiu.
 
In September of 206 B.C., Liu Bang dispatched a column, headed by Xue Ou, Wang Xi and Wang Ling, out of the Wuguan Pass for fetching his father (Liu-tai-gong) and wife (Lv Zhi) from Peixian. In 205 B.C., the contingent was stopped by Xiang Yu's army.
 
Upon hearing that Liu Bang had exited the Han-zhong territory, Xiang Yu killed King Cheng of Haan(2) at Pengcheng shortly thereafter. Xiang Yu ordered that Zheng Chang, the former 'ling' (magistrate) for Wu-xian County, be the new King of Haan(2) for sake of countering Liu Bang's Han(4) armies. In October of 206 B.C., Liu Bang's army reached Shen (Shenxian, Henan). Liu Bang dispatched Haan-wang-xin, an ex-Haan(2) royal who descended from Haan King Xiangwang, to the old Haan(2) land as "Haan-guo [the Haan Principality] tai-wei [grand captain]' and promised to make him the new King of Haan(2) once he was to take over the territory. Liu Bang conferred Marquis Chengxin-hou onto Zhang Liang.
 
In March of 205 B.C., Liu Bang defeated Shen Yang, i.e., King He-nan (south of the Yellow River). In 205 B.C., with Liu Bang's army pushing to Henan (south of the Yellow River), the King of Haan(2), Haan-wang-xin, defeated Zheng Chang. In November, Liu Bang officially made Haan-wang-xin the King of Haan(2). The King of Henan (Shen Yang) surrendered to Liu Bang. Liu Bang devised the 'three elderly' system for each county he occupied. The King of Wei, Bao, answered Liu Bang's decree. After pacifying today's Shenxi Province, Liu Bang crossed the Yellow River at the Linjin-guan Pass and arrived at the He-rui land. The King of Yin (Sima Mao), after defeat, fled to his capital city, Chaoge. Liu Bang dispatched Fan Kuai against Chaoge. At Chaoge, Han2 Xin tricked Sima Mao out of the city by pretending a retreat and then ordered that Fan Kuai, Guan Ying and Zhou Bo to ambush Sima Mao. Sima Mao was captured, and he surrendered to Liu Bang.
 
Liu Bang's army then crossed the Yellow River for the south, and reached Luoyang, where he heard of the death of Emperor Yi-di. Upon arriving at Luoyang of today's Henan Province, Liu Bang met an elderly called Dong-gong who proposed that Liu Bang uphold the slogan that his army was to fight Xiang Yu on behalf of Chu Emperor Yidi who was assassinated by Xiang Yu. Liu Bang ordered his army to mourn Yidi for three days and sent decrees across the nation.
 
In today's Shandong Province, Xiang Yu defeated Tian Rong. Tian Rong fled his capital Chengyang for Pingyuan where he was killed by the civilians. Xiang Yu erected Tian Jia as the new king of Qi. The Qi people located Tian Heng (Tian Rong's brother) as their king, drove off Tian Jia and re-took Chengyang.
 
A Chu du wei, Chen Ping, fled to the Han camp and was recommended to Liu Bang by General Wei Wuzhi. Chen Ping first answered Chen Sheng's rebellion and then joined the ranks of Xiang Yu before coming to Liu Bang's camp. Chen Ping proposed that Liu Bang should lead a surprise attack at Pengcheng by taking advantage of Xiang Yu's entanglement in today's Shandong Province. Chen Ping was conferred the post of hujun zhongwei, i.e., captain for pacifying the army.
 
More kings answered Liu Bang's call. King of Zhao followed. Altogether, five vassalage kings' armies obeyed Liu Bang. Liu Bang assembled an army of 500-600,000, comprising of soldiers from the Sai, Di, Haan, Wei, Yin, Zhao and Henan principalities. At Waihuang (Lankao), the Han army defeated Chu General Cheng Chu and Wang Wu. Peng Yue, with 30,000 troops, sought vassalage with Liu Bang. When Peng Yue reported that he had defeated the Chu army, Liu Bang appointed Peng Yue the post of prime minister (Wei-xiangguo) for the King of Wei. Peng Yue was ordered to attack the Liang-guo territory. Fan Kuai was ordered to attack Zouxian, Luxian, Xuexian and Xiaqiu. Lv Ze was ordered to guard Xiayi for guarding against Xiang Yu's possible relief to Pengcheng. Xiang Yu, who had killed Tian Rong, failed to pacify the Qi territory. In April of 205 B.C., Liu Bang's 560,000-strong allied army, plus Lu Ze's column from the east and Cao Can and Guan Ying's column from the north, converged on Pengcheng from three direction, took over Dangxian and Xiaoxian, and then sacked Pengcheng, i.e., Xiang Yu's capital city, without much fight.
 
The Chu Army remnants fled to Chengyang to report to Xiang Yu. From Qufu, Xiang Yu personally led 30,000 cavalrymen back towards Pengcheng via Huling (Ji'nan, Shandong) and Xiaoxian. At daybreak, Xiang Yu attacked the Han army, and defeated the Han army at noon. Xiang Yu drove Liu Bang out of Pengcheng, chasing to the Gu-shui and Si-shui River. Altogether over 100,000 Han army were destroyed by Xiang Yu, and another 300-400,000 fled the battle scene. The Chu army continued on against the Han army. The Chu army chased the Han army to the Sui-shui River (to the east of Lingbi), where another 100,000 Han army troops were drowned in the river. While Xiang Yu won the Battle of Peng Cheng, Tian Heng wrestled over the control of the Qi land.
 
Liu Bang barely escaped after begging two Chu generals for mercy. Liu Bang's family members at Fengxiang were captured by Xiang Yu. While passing through a village, Liu Bang met an old man by the name of Qie who married his daughter to Liu Bang. (Concubine Qie would be tortured to death by Empress Lhou later.) Liu Bang converged with his General Xiahou Ying, and the two met two of Liu Bang's children en route. When being chased by Chu General Ji Bu, Liu Bang tried to rid his children of the chariot. Xiahou Ying rescued the two children and carried them on his horseback. King Yin, Sima Mao, died in this battle; King Sai (Sima Xin) and King Di (Dong Yi) surrendered to Xiang Yu. King Zhao et als fled home. Liu Bang's father, Liu-tai-gong, mother Liu-wen and wife Lv-zhi, were captured by Xiang Yu. At Xiayi, Liu Bang re-assembled his remnant troops. Liu Bang converged with the army led by L Ze, the brother of empress Lhou.
 
Zhang Liang proposed that Liu Bang was to confer the lands east of the Han'gu'guan Pass onto General Haan Xin, General Peng Yue and Chu General Ying Bu for sake of fighting Xiang Yu. An emissary was sent to seeing Peng Yue. At Yu (Yucheng, Henan), Liu Bang dispatched emissary Sui Heh to Jiujiang for seeking an alliance with Ying Bu. At Qiujiang, Han emissary Sui Heh successfully persuaded Ying Bu into an alliance with Liu Bang against Xiang Yu. Ying Bu, after being defeated by Xiang Sheng and Long Qie, followed Sui Heh in a move to Xingyang in the north. Liu Bang rendered aid to Ying Bu at Wanxian (Nanyang) and Yexian. The Chu army hence took over the Jiujiang territory. Ying Bu then mounted the guerrilla warefare against the Chu army.
 
Xiao He, whose homeland army just completed the Feiqiu campaign, led reinforcements, including the elderly and young people, to the east. Liu Bang relocated to Xingyang for re-organization in May of 205 B.C. Haan Xin led the remnant army to Xingyang at the time Xiao He dispatched the homeland soldiers to the aid of Liu Bang. The move to Xingyang was a proposal from Lih Yiji, which was to take control of the Qin dynasty's Aocang Grain Barn and the Yellow River dock, to the northeast of Xingyang. The Han army built a corridor to the Aocang barn. Haan Xin took charge of the Han army and defeated the Chu army at Xingyang, Nan-jing (Jingxian) and Suocheng (Jingsuo). At Jingxian (Yulong-zhen, Xingyang, Zhengzhou, Henan) and Suoting (Xingyang, Henan), Haan Xin and Xiao He's joint army defeated the Chu army [which was chasing behind] at the Balle of Jingsuo.
 
Returning to Liyang (Lintong) in June, Liu Bang conferred the title of crown prince on his five year old son, Liu Ying, and ordered that Xiao He and the crown prince guard the homeland inside of the Han'gu'guan Pass. Xiang Yu arrested the mother of a Han general called Wang Ling; Wang Ling's mother committed suicide for sake of having his son serve under Liu Bang instead of surrendering to Xiang Yu.
 
King Wei, Bao, requested for going home on the pretext that his mother was ill; Liu Bang released Bao; Bao then defected to the Xiang Yu camp and rebelled against Liu Bang upon return to Pingyang. Wei Bao refused to listen to Lih Yiji's persuasion, and blockaded Puban (Puzhou, Shanxi). Liu Bang dispatched Haan Xin against King Wei Bao. In August of 205 B.C., Haan Xin and Can Can attacked Wei. Haan Xin further frustrated Xiang Yu's attempt at crossing the Yellow River to aid Wei Bao. Haan Xin deliberately prepared ships at Linjin to attract the attention of the Wei army, while he secretly made the wooden cauldron, crossed the river at Xiayang and defeated the Wei army at Dongzhang. Cao Can, as deputy leftside prime minister, crossed the river at Pujinguan to defeat Sun Chi's Wei army at Linjin. A Han General under Haan Xin, Cao Can, defeated Wei General Wang Xiang and took over the city of Anyi. At Quyang, Haan Xin and Cao Can defeated Wei Bao at Quyang. The Han army captured Wei King Bao at Wuyuan. The Han army went to take over the Wei capital of Pingyang. Wei Bao's family was sent to Liu Bang, and Liu Bang took over Bao's concubine (Bo-shi) as his own and bore Liu Heng (i.e., later Han Emperor Wendi). Liu Bang set up the three commandaries of Hedong, Taiyuan and Shangdang in the Wei-di [Wei State] land. Cao Can was given Pingyang as his fief. (Wei Bao was said to have rebelled against Liu Bang because an necromancer stated to Bao and wife Bo-shi that Bo-shi's son would be an emperor in the future.)
 
Haan Xin requested for 30,000 men for sake of fighting the Zhao principality. Haan intended to take over Zhao, Yan and Qi one by one before fighting against Xiang Yu. At Pingyang, Haan Xin was joined by Zhang Er. Chen Yu, prime minister for Zhao, rebelled against Haan Xin because he heard that his feud Zhang Er (an one time blood brother) was serving Haan.
 
Before tackling Zhao, Haan Xin went on to attack Dai, the land that was conferred onto Chen Yu. Three columns of army led by Cao Can, Guan Ying and Zhang Er defeated the Dai prime minister and took over the Dai-cheng city. In September, the Han army defeated Dai, and captured Dai prime minister Xia Sui at Eyu. Cao Can was recalled by Liu Bang. The Han army further attacked to the east, and in October of 205 B.C., took over Herui (Huaixian), Chaoge (Qixian), Anyang, and Handan.
 
Haan Xin recruited more soldiers locally and then went to fight the Zhao army of 200,000 at the Jingjingkou Pass. A Zhao counsellor, Li Zuoche, proposed to lead an army of 30,000 to cut off the Han army's grain supply. Chen Yu failed to adopt the advice. The road to the Jingjingkou Pass was said to be so narrow that only one chariot could pass at one time. Haan Xin secretly ordered that qi duwei [cavalry captain] Jin Xi circumvent to the back of the pass, that zuo qi jiang Fu Kuan and Zhang Cang (tai shou of Changshan) set up an ambush near the front of the pass, and a column of the Han army stand against the bank of a river. In the early morning, Haan Xin told soldiers that they could have breakfast after finishing off the Zhao army. When the Zhao army came out of the pass to fight Haan Xin, Haan Xin pretended to flee towards the river. For the whole morning, the two armies fought bitterly near the river bank. Meantime, the Han army sent 2000 cavalry to taking over the Zhao army camp. When Chen Yu called for a retreat, he was ambushed by Fu Kuan and Zhang Cang near the pass. Chen Yu (Prince Cheng'an-jun) was defeated and killed by the Han army at the Zhi-shui-shang. Jin Xi took over the pass. King Zhao Xie fled to Xiangguo. Zhang Er and Haan Xin attacked Xiangguo from north, while Liu Bang attacked from the south. Haan Xin ordered that the Zhao King be executed. Xie, i.e., the King of Zhao, was killed.
 
Zhou Bo and Zhao Ou were to continue the campaign against the Hengshan, and Julu commandaries as well as the Yan-guo state. Haan Xin gave a reward to have Li Zuoche captured. Li Zuoche proposed to Haan Xin that he should send a messenger to Yan for pacifying King Yan (i.e., Zang Tu) instead of driving the weakened Han army soldiers to the Yan land and that after that, the Han army could then go to the east to fight the Qi Principality. The King of Yan, i.e., Zang Tu, surrendered to Haan Xin. At Wucheng, Tang Li's Han army also defeated the Chu relief army to Zhao.
 
At the suggestion of Haan Xin, Liu Bang in December made Zhang Er into the Zhao king and allowed Haan Xin to stay on in the Zhao land to quell the remnant King Xie's forces. Liu Bang, after making Zhang Er into the new Zhao king, then ordered Haan Xin to fight Qi. Meanwhile, after the Han army was to pacify the Yan-Zhao land, Lih Yiji tacked on the task of going to Qi-guo for winning over King Qi-wang (Tian Guang).
 
Around Xingyang, Xiang Yu's army disrupted the grain corridor to Aocang several times. In October, Ying Bu came to Xingyang to assist with the city defense. In April of 204 B.C., the Chu army fully surrounded Xingyang. Liu Bang pretended to seek peace with an offer of yielding the land to the east of Xingyang. Liu Bang played a trick of dissension by having Chen Ping bribe Xiang Yu's subordinates with 40,000 grams of 'jin' [copper]. Xiang Yu's tactician, Fan Zeng, whom Xiang Yu called by 'ya fu' [secondary father], resigned. Fan Zeng died en route to Pengcheng. In July, through the Nv-zi-dong-men Gate, Liu Bang broke out of the starved Xingyang with 2000 men. Being encicled by the Chu army, Liu Bang adopted Ji Xin's advice to have Ji Xin fake a surrender in his image while Liu Bang himself, Chen Ping and about ten cavalrymen, fled via the west gate. Liu Bang earlier had decreed to leave Zhou Ke, Cong-gong (? magistrate for Cong or an elderly from Cong) and Wei Bao for the defense of Xingyang. In August, Zhou Ke and Cong-gong killed Wei Bao for fearing the latter's possible defection. Liu Bang returned to the west of the Han'gu'guan Pass via Chengao (i.e., Hulaoguan). Xiang Yu ordered to burn Ji Xin to death. The Chu army continued to lay siege of Xingyang and took over Chengao.
 
Liu Bang was dissuaded by Yuan Sheng from attacking east with the new recuits. To break the impasse at Xingyang, Liu Bang marched south by exiting the Wuguan Pass for Wan (Nanyang) and Ye (Yexian). Xiang Yu hence led part of the troops to counter Liu Bang. However, Liu Bang refused to engage in battles. Liu Bang ordered Jin Sheh to cut off the Chu army's grain path from Xiangyi to Xingyang, and Guan Ying to cut off the path from Yangwu to Xiangyi. The Han army was to attack Lu-xia (Lucheng) at the hind of the Chu army. Jin Sheh took over Zeng1, Dan, Xiapi (Gupizhen, Suining, Jiangsu), Qi and Zhuyi. Peng Yue raided the Chu army towards the east, crossed the Sui-shui River, defeated Xiang Sheng and Xue-gong (Gao2, ? county magistrate for Xue or an elderly from Xue), and took over Xiapi to pose threat to Pengcheng.
 
Xiang Yu diverted the troops for attacking Peng Yue to the east. Liu Bang took advantage of Xiang Yu's absence to recover Chengao. After defeating Peng Yue, Xiang Yu returned west. Back in Xingyang, Xiang Yu took over Xingyang, and captured Haan-wang-xin. Xiang Yu ordered to kill Zhou Ke via steaming. Cong-gong was also killed.
 
Xiang Yu, after sacking Xingyang, continued on to take Chengao, forcing Liu Bang into retreating across the Yellow River for Xiuwu to the north. Liu Bang and Teng-gong fled Chengao via the north gate (i.e., the jade gate). Zhou Bo, Cheng Hei and Guo Meng were ordered to defend Aocang. While defending the northern riverbank, Liu Bang ordered Zhang Er to go north to recruit troops and sent Haan Xin to attacking the Qi land in the east. In August, Lu Guan and Liu Jia were ordered to cross the river for Baimajin with 20,000 troops for harassing the Chu hinterland in cooperation with Peng Yue. Liu Bang and Guan Ying defeated Chu general Wang Wu at Yanxian, and defeated Chu general Huan Ying at Baimajin (white horse crossing on the southern bank of the Yellow River, Huaxian). The Chu army was impeded by the Han army at Gongxian. Zang Tu, the Yan king, dispatched Wen Jie and troops to aiding Liu Bang.
 
In September of 204 B.C., Xiang Yu went to the east upon learning that Peng Yue had sacked Suiyang (Shangqiu), and Waihuang (Lankao), about 17 cities. Xiang Yu left Cao Jiu, 'da sima' and Marquis Haichun-hou, for the defense of Chengao, with a promise to return within fifteen days. Xiang Yu defeated Peng Yue and drove him to Gucheng. At the advice of Lih Yiji, Liu Bang mounted a counterattack to recover Xingyang and Chengao for solidifying the control of the grain barns. In October of 204 B.C., Lih Yiji himself travelled to Licheng of the Qi land for lobbying with the Qi king (Tian Guang), claiming that he could persuade the Qi king's 200,000 army to change camp with an offer of making the Qi king a vassal of the east ('dong fan'). Tian Guang defected to the Han camp. Lih Yiji, citing the control of the Baima-jin river-crossing and the Feihu-guan pass, believed that the war could be won after winning over the Qi king. However, Haan Xin, who was jealous of Yih Liji and heard that Liu Bang had lost Xingyang and Chengao, took Kuai Tong's advice to march the troops to Pingyuan to attack the Qi king. The Qi king, after the defeat at Lixia and Linzi, was angered into steam-killing Lih Yiji in November. Liu Bang had to send reinforcements to the Qi land to help Haan Xin against the Qi king. Guan Ying, Cao Can, Fu Kuan and Chai Wu assisted Haan Xin in fighting the Qi king.
 
The Qin king requested aid with Xiang Yu. Xiang Yu sent Long Qie and Zhou Lan, about 200,000 troops, towards the Qi-di [Qi state] land for countering Haan Xin. The Chu and Qi allied army was defeated by the Han army at the Wei[2]-shui River. In November, Guan Ying killed Chu general Long Qie. Guan Ying and Cao Can assisted Haan Xin in taking over Licheng and Linzi. Tian Guang relocated to Gaomi. After Tian Guang's death, Tian Heng proclaimed himself the Qi king. Guan Ying defeated Tian Heng at Yingxian. Tian Heng went to the Peng Yue's side. Later, in February of the following year, Haan Xin was proclaimed the King of Qi. Xiang Yu sent Wu She to instigating Haan Xin with an offer to divide the country into three parts. Haan Xin declined it. Haan Xin later did not answer Liu Bang's call for the post-Honggou-Truce campaign against Xiang Yu, till the last stage of the war, i.e., the Battle of Gaixia.
 
Back at the Xingyang-Chengao front, the Han army played trick to get Cao Jiu come out of Chengao for fighting the Han army. In October, the Han army cursed Cao Jiu for five to six days to stir up agitation. While Cao Jiu half-crossed the Si-shui River, Liu Bang's Han army launched an attack. Cao Jiu, Sima Xin and Dong Yi all committed suicide. Liu Bang, stationing the army at Guangwu (north of Xingyang), laid sige of the Chu army at Xingyang, which was under the command of Zhongli Mo.
 
Xiang Yu heard of Cao Jiu's death when arriving at Suiyang. Xiang Yu, after recovering the cities in the Liang-di land, returned to the west to assist with Zhongli Mo for the defense of Xingyang. At Guangwu, the Han and Chu armies confronted each other.
 
Xiang Yu, after the loss of the Qi land, attempted to seek truce with Liu Bang with an offer to return Liu Bang's father and wife. At the Guangwu front, Xiang Yu wounded Liu Bang with an arrow shot after Liu Bang refused to take the offer. To the south, Ying Bu recovered some Jiujiang territory. In July of 203 B.C., Ying Bu was proclaimed the King of Huainan. Peng Yue continued to harass the Chu army.
 
Guan Ying mounted a campaign against Guangling (Yangzhou) through the Huai and Yangtze River area. Xiang Yu sent Xiang Sheng and Xue-gong against Guan Ying. Guan Ying defeated Xue-gong at Lu-bei [north of the Lu-di place]. Guan Ying went south to defeat Xue-jun-zhang [magistrate for the Xue-jun Commandary], and took over Boyang. Guan Ying crossed the Huai River to take over Guangling. Back to the north, Guan Ying defeated Xiang Sheng, Dan-gong and Xue-gong at Xiapi. Chu general Xue-gong was killed. Guan Ying further defeated the Chu cavalry at Pingyang (Zouxian/Zoucheng, Shandong) and took over Pengcheng. Chu general Xiang Tuo ('zhu guo' [pillar]) and Zhou Lan were captured successively.
 
Guan Ying and Liu Bang converged forces at Yixiang (Luyi, Henan). Liu Bang sent Lu Jia to Xiang Yu for talks. Xiang Yu declined it. Liu Bang dispatched Hou-sheng to Xiang Yu for another talk. Xiang Yu then returned Liu Bang's family members and agreed to the Honggou [swan canal] Truce. Liu Bang conferred Hou-sheng the title of Prince Pingguo-jun. In September of 203 B.C., Xiang Yu retreated south. In October of 203 B.C., Liu Bang adopted Zhang Liang and Chen Ping's advice to break the truce agreement for a chase against the Chu army. In the subsequent battles of Yangxia, Guling and Chenxia, the Han army defeated Xiang Yu successively.
 
In October of 203 B.C., the Han army defeated the Chu army to the south of Yangxia (Taikang, Henan), and caught Chu General Zhou-jiangjun. At Guling, the Han army caught up with the Chu army. Meanwhile, Liu Jia obtained the defection of Chu 'da sima' Zhou Yin at Shouchun, and took over Jiujiang. With Guan Ying and Jin Sheh's cavalry arriving from Pengcheng, the Han army forced Xiang Yu into retreating to Chenxia. At Guling, Ding Yi (Marquis Xuanqu-hou) and Jin Qiang (Marquis Fenyang-hou) defeated Chu general Zhongli Mo. At Chenxia, Chu general Li Ji (Chen-gong, i.e., former county magistarte for Chenxian County) surrendered to the Han army. Chu general Ling Chang also surrendered. Li Ji was later killed for rebellion. The Han army chased Xiang Yu to Chenxian. To the south, Peng Yue took over the majority cities of the Chang-yi domain. From the south, Liu Jia stationed at Chengfu; Zhou Yin took over Luxian (Luhe, Anhui); and Yingbu cut off Xiang Yu's retreat path towards the south. Xiang Yu fled southeastward to Gaixia (Lingbi, Anhui) in the attempt at returning to the Kuaiji Commandary. Peng Yue and Haan Xin took their armies to Gaixia, respectively. In December of 'wuxu' year 203 B.C. (or the 4th Han year; or early January of 202 B.C. using the modern calendar) Xiang Yu, with about 100,000 troops, was defeated by the 600,000-strong Han army. Haan Xin, commanding 300,000 troops, acted as the frontal attack force, while Kong Ju led the leftside column and Chen Heh (General Fei-jiangjun) as the reserves. Haan Xin defeated the Chu army in a three-prong pincer attack, pressing Xiang Yu into the Gaixia city. At Gaixia, Chu General Ji Bu fled after a defeat; Chu general Heng Chu was killed; and Chu generals Zhongli Mo, Xiang Bo and Ding-gong (Ding Gu, a relative of Ji Bu) surrendered. Ji Bu, after his friends lobbied with Xiahou Ying, was pardoned by Liu Bang. Haan Xin adopted a tactic to have the Han soldiers sing the song of the Chu land to create an illusion that the Chu land was already taken by the Han army. Xiang Yu, after making his concubine Yu-ji commit suicde, fled to Wujiang with 800 cavalrymen. This is a scene of the Peking Opera 'ba-wang [hegemony king] bie [bidding farewell to] ji [concubine]'. After crossing the Huai River, Xiang Yu had over hundred men left. Guan Ying, with 5000 cavalry, chased behind Xiang Yu. At Dongcheng (Dingyuan, Anhui), Xiang Yu charged back at the chasers several times, with 26 cavalrymen left. Xiang Yu refused to take the advice of a local official, 'ting-zhang' of Wujiang, to step onto a boat. Xiang Yu ordered his cavalrymen to dismount to fight the chasers as infantry. All 26 cavalrymen died after killing ovber 500 chasers. Xiang Yu committed suicide at Wu-jiang (Hexian, Anhui), saying that he had no face to see the elderly people to the east of the Yangtze River.
 
After the victory over Xiang Yu, Guan Ying crossed the Yangtze, defeated Wu-jun-zhang, i.e., magistrate for the Wu-jun Commandary), decapitated 80,000 defenders, and took over Wu-xia (Suzhou, Jiangsu). The Han army, under Lu Guan, Liu Jia and Jin Sheh, continued on to attack Linjiang. Gong Wei, i.e., King Linjiang-wang, was caught and later killed at Luoyang. The Chu army at Lu [where Xiang Ji enjoyed the conferral from King Huaiwang as Duke Lu-gong] refused to surrender till Xiang Yu's head was delivered there. In January of the following 'jihai' year (or early January of 202 B.C. using the modern calendar), Liu Bang was asked by the vassals to be emperor. Haan Xin (King Qi) was changed to be King of Chu, with the capital city at Xiapi; Peng Yue (Marquis Jiancheng-hou) was made into King Liang-wang, with the capital city at Dingtao; Haan-wang-xin was to be King Haan, with the capital city at Yangdi; Wu Rui (King Hengshan-wang) was moved to be King Changsha-wang, with the capital city at Linxiang; and Ying Bu (King Huainan-wang), Zang Tu (King Yan-wang) and Zhang Er (King Zhao-wang) remained at their domains. In February, Liu Bang declared himself emperor of the Han dynasty.
 
 
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Western Han Dynasty (Former Han Dynasty)
 
Han Emperor Gaozu continued the practice of General Xiang Yu by conferring the kingship to the non-Liu generals and ministers. For example, King Lu Wan of the Yan Principality, was one of the non-Liu kings. At one time, Lu Wan sent his general Zhang Sheng to Modu (a Hunnic king) in the attempt of stopping Modu from aiding Chen Xi. But, Zhang Sheng, incited by the son of ex-Yan king Zang Tu who had been seeking asylum with the Huns, had decided to go againt Lu Wan's will. King Lu Wan acquiesced when he thought to himself that the non-Liu kings had now been reduced to only two, himself and King of the Changsa Principality while Han Emperor Liu Bang had conferred 8 king titles onto his own kinsmen (6 being Liu Bang's own sons and 2 the sons of his two brothers). The 8 kings would be for Qi, Chu, Dai, Wu, Zhao, Liang, Huaiyang and Huainan. Han Emperor sent his general Fan Kuai to campaign against King Lu Wan when he heard of the Yan Principality's collusion with the Huns. The Han Emperor passed away shortly. King Lu Wan, hearing about the emperor's death, led his people northward and surrendered to Hinnic King Modu. King Lu Wan was conferred the title of 'Eastern Hun Ru King'. By that time, only one non-Liu king was in existence.
 
Among the non-Chinese statelets would be the Nan-yue or Nan Yue Statelet led by Zhao Tuo, an ex-Qin general. Here, the prefix 'Nan' means southern. Also in existence would be Min-yue Statelet and Dong-yue Statelet. Among the southern nomads, the Yelang Statelet, located in the southwestern mountains of today's Sichuan Province, was the biggest of all. Further to the west will be a statelet called Dian-yue, located in today's Yunnan Province. North of Dian-yue would be a statelet called Qiongdu. Half a dozen small statelets existed to the southwest of Sichuan Province at that time.
 
When the Huns raided northern China, first Han Emperor Liu Bang sent Xin, King of the Han(2) Principality, to resist the Huns. But Xin, after being encircled by 100-200 thousand Huns, decided to negotiate with the Huns for peace. Emperor Liu Bang accused Xin of being a coward, and Xin, for fear of punishment, surrendered to Modu. The Huns, with an army of 400 thousand, then encircled a whole army led by first Han Emperor Liu Bang (i.e., Han Gaozu) on Mount Baideng for 7 days. It was said that Modu had placed 4 groups of horses with respective colors in four directions, arranging his battle engagement in a strategical way. The siege was ended only after Liu Bang's counsellor, Chen Ping, bribed Modu's wife by bragging about the number of beauties in the Chinese court palace and hinting that they could replace her should Modu succeed in capturing the Chinese capital. When attacked by the Huns again, Liu Bang's counsellor, Liu Jing, proposed that the elder princess be married over to Modu. Liu selected a court maid of honor and sent her to Modu as his own daughter. Lou Jing further proposed that the prestigious families of the former Zhou principalities, Chu-Zhao-Jing(3) familes of Chu in sourthern China and the Tian-Huai families of Qi in today's Shandong Province, be relocated to Chang'an for sake of defence against the Huns as well as easy management of those remnant Zhou Dynasty people. Altogether over 100 thousand people, including many dispatched by the other kings in their respective principalities, were focefully relocated to Chang'an.
 
After King of the Han (2) Principality defected to the Huns, prime minister of the Dai Principality, Chen Xi (a friend of Marquis of Huaiying, Haan Xin), rebelled against the Han (4) Emperor. Chen Xi himself defected to the Huns after losing battles to the Han Emperor, while Haan Xin (who had earlier encouraged Chen Xi to plot the rebellion out of anger at the Han Emperor for demoting him to marquis from king) was executed together with his wife and mother's lineages, i.e., the so-called 3 lineage extinction, by Han Empress Lu Hou. King Peng Yue of the Liang Principality did not answer the call to quell the Chen Qi rebellion. He was arrested by Emperor Liu Bang and put to death by Empress Lu Hou. In 195 B.C., Emperor Liu Bang mounted an eastern campaign against Ying Bu (Qiong Bu), i.e., King of Huainan. King Ying Bu of the Huainan Principality was accused by his minister of plotting to rebel against the Han emperor. During the battle, he wounded Han Emperor Liu Bang with an arrow shot. Ying Bu was killed by his relative, King Wu Chen of the Changsa Principality. It was said that prime minister Li Cang (?-185 B.C.), whose wife Xin Zhui was the subject of a dried corpse at the Mawangtui Ruins (a name mislabelled as that of King Ma Yin of the Chu state during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms time period), had lobbied with King Wu Chen in killing Ying Bu, a brother-in-law. En route of return, the emperor passed through hometown Peixian, where he assembled the old acquaintances for a drinking party, on which occasion he beat the drums and in tears, sang the famous 'Da Feng Ge' [whirlwind] song: dafeng [strong wind] qi [kicking up] xi [modal word] yun [clouds] fei-yang [flying astray]; wei [awe] jia [imposed on] hai-nei [within the seas] xi [modal word]gui [returning] guxiang [home]; an [how to] de [obtain] yongshi [brave men] xi [modal word] shou [guard] sifang [the four borders]?
 
During the Chen Xi rebellion, Chen had requested for aid from King Modu; Modu, however, did not assist Chen Qi at the beginning because of his inter-marriage with the Han Dynasty court. King Lu Wan of the Yan Principality sent his general Zhang Sheng to Modu in the attempt of stopping Modu from aiding Chen Xi. But, Zhang Sheng, incited by the son of ex-Yan king Zang Tu who had been seeking asylum with the Huns, had decided to go againt Lu Wan's will. King Lu Wan acquiesced when he thought to himself that the non-Liu kings had now been reduced to only two, himself and King of the Changsa Principality while Han Emperor Liu Bang had conferred 8 king titles to his own kinsmen (6 being Liu Bang's own sons and 2 the sons of his two brothers). The 8 kings would be for Qi, Chu, Dai, Wu, Zhao, Liang, Huaiyang and Huainan. Han Emperor sent his general Fan Kuai to campaign against King Lu Wan when he heard of the Yan Principality's collusion with the Huns. Han Emperor passed away shortly. King Lu Wan, hearing about the emperor's death, drove his people northward and surrendered to King Modu. King Lu Wan was conferred the title of 'Eastern Hun Ru King'.
 
After the death of Han Emperor Liu Bang, King Modu sent over a letter humiliating Han Empress Lu Hou via proposition of a marriage between him and Empress Lu Hou and hence a combination of the Hunnic Empire and the Han Empire. Empress Lu Hou declined it and sent over some other Liu family girl to continue the inter-marriage with the Huns.
 
Dowager-empress Lv-hou rounded up all the late emperor's concubines and locked them up in the palace, but let go Concubine Bo-ji who was mocked at by the other concubines. Concubine Bo-ji, who was mother to future emperor Liu Heng, was allowed to go to the Dai prefecture to live with his son. Concubine Bo-ji was formerly a concubine with Wei Bao (King of the Wei Principality).
 
Han Emperor Huidi
Qi King Daohuiwang, i.e., Liu Fei, was the founder emperor's eldest son but was born by a Cao-shi woman who had a lower ranking than Empress Lv-hou. In 201 B.C., Liu Fei was conferred the Qi land, with 70 cities. In 193 B.C., Qi King Daohuiwang, i.e., Liu Fei, came to the nation's capital, and had a banquet with Emperor Xiaohuidi, over which dowager-empress Lv Hou wanted to kill Liu Fei for sitting together with the emperor. Liu Fei proposed to surrender the Chengyang-jun Commandary to Princess Luyuan, and hence got permission to leave the capital.
 
In 188 B.C., Emperor Huidi passed away. Lv-hou took over the regency power. Among Lv-hou's maids would be a woman called Dou-ji who was later released from the palace for service in the Dai-guo state. King Dai-wang, i.e., Liu Heng, born one daughter and two sons with Dou-ji, namely, daughter Liu Piao, and sons Liu Qi and Liu Wu.
 
The Lv Family Interregnum
In 187 B.C., Lv-hou conferred his brother's son, Lv Tai, the land of Ji'nan-jun commandary. In 186 B.C., Liu Zhang, i.e., Qi King Aiwang Liu Xiang's brother, came to the nation's capital. Lv Hou conferred Liu Zhang the title of Marquis Zhuxu-hou, and years later further made Liu Xingju, i.e., Liu Zhang's brother, Marquis Dongmou-hou. In 181 B.C., Lv-hou upgraded Marquis Yingling-hou Liu Ze to King Langya-wang. In 180 B.C., Lv-hou put King Zhao-wang Liu You under house arrest at the nation's capital. With all three Zhao kings revoked the rankings, Lv-hou assigned three Lv family members as King Yan-wang, King Zhao-wang, and King Liang-wang.
 
After Lv-hou (Lv Zhi) died in 180 B.C., Lv Lu4 became 'shang jiang-jun' (the upper general) and Lv Chan became 'xiang-guo' (prime minister). Liu Zhang, who learnt of the Lv family's scheme from his wife, sent a messenger to King Qi to have King Qi take an army to the nation's capital for cracking down on the Lv family. The Qi king, using 'zhong wei' (captain) Wei Bo's scheme, managed to have his principality prime minister Zhao Ping put under control. Further, the Qi king induced the Langya king to come to Linzi, and put him under house arrest. The Qi king then took control of the Langya king's army. Qi King Aiwang then pronounced the march against the capital, claiming that the Lv family had killed three Liu-surnamed Zhao kings, eliminated the Liu-surnamed Zhao-Liang-Yan states, and divided the Qi land into four parts. Lv Chan, 'xiang-guo' (prime minister), dispatched Guan Ying to countering the Qi army. Guan Ying, upon arrival at Xingyang, stopped to make liaison with the Qi king, instead. The Qi king then attacked to take over the Ji'nan-jun territory from the Lv family.
 
Liu Zhang killed Lv Can at the capital. Zhou Bo, 'tai wei' (grand captain), then eliminated the Lv clansmen. King Langyang-wang, who persuaded the Qi king into releasing him, arrived at the capital, and suggested to Liu Zhang and the Liu family loyal members that the Qi king could not be made into an emperor because the king's father-in-law was very cruel and ferocious, like the Lv family. The choice was for King Dai-wang to be emperor.
 
Han Emperor Xiaowendi
In 179, Emperor Xiaowendi (Wendi), i.e., King Dai-wang (Liu Heng), was enthroned. Emperor Xiaowendi made Dou-ji into an empress at the suggestion of dowager-empress Bo-tai-hou. Dou Guangguo, who was separated from his sister from childhood onward, came to the nation's capital to inquire about the identity of the empress. Emperor Wendi was moved by the recital of the stories about Dou Guangguo's buying the fruit juice for washing his sister's hair and securing the food for his sister prior to the childhood separation.
 
In 162 B.C., Zhang Cang was replaced by Shentu Jia as 'cheng xiang' [prime minister]. Emperor Wendi was originally planning to make Dou Guangguo into prime minister. Shentu Jia (? - 155 B.C.), who followed the first Han dynasty emperor Gaozu as a teeanger, was the youngest surviving senior minister at the court. Shentu Jia was noted for punishing Emperor Wendi's court jester Deng Tong.
 
When Emperor Wendi was enthroned, he returned the Qi land, that was subdivided by late dowager empress Lv-hou, back to the Liu-surnamed kings and princes. The emperor returned the land of Chengyang, Langyang and Jinan back to the Qi state, with King Langyang reassigned to be King Yan.
 
Qi King Aiwang (Liu Xiang) hence took back the former Qi land. After Qi King Aiwang (Liu Xiang) died, son Liu Ze succeeded as Qi King Wenwang. The emperor gave the Chengyang-jun commandary to Liu Zhang as King Changyang, and assigned Jibei-jun to Liu Xingju as King Jibei. King Jibei was later killed for rebellion. Two years after quelling King Jibei's rebellion, the emperor made the late Qi King Daohuiwang (Liu Fei)'s seven sons into marquis. When Qi King Wenwang died after fourteen years, there was no son to inherit the land. Emperor Wendi took back King Wenwang's land. The emperor subdivided the Qi land again for Qi King Daohuiwang(Liu Fei)'s sons, making them into kings. The Qi-guo territory was made into seven states.
 
Later in 154 B.C., when King Wu (Liu Bi4) rebelled, four Qi kings answered the call of King Wu and King Chu, including King Jiao-xi, King Jiao-dong, King Zai-chuan and King Ji'nan.
 
SHI JI carried a statement stating that a yellow dragon was spotted at Chengji, to the west of today's Xi'an. The emperor called an elderly, Lu-gong (an elderly from Lu) Sun-chen, to the nation's capital, and offered him the post as 'bo shi' (doctor). The emperor was asked to personally travelled to the Yong land to pray to the five sovereigns. Xin Yuanping (? - 163 B.C.), a foretuneteller ('fang shi'), was made into 'shang [upper] dafu' after making a claim in 165 B.C. to the emperor that there was five-color mist to the northeast of the capital city. The emperor ordered to construct the Wei-yang [north of the Wei-shui River] wu-di [five sovereigns] oblation temple. Xin Yuanping further proposed to retrieve the nine cauldrons of the Zhou dynasty, with a claim that the caldrons that were lost in the Si-shui River could have moved to the Yellow River and that there was the gold and treasure mist in the Fen-yin [south of the Fen-shui River] area. Hence, a temple was built between the Yellow River and the Fen-shui River for making prayers. Zhang Cang ('cheng xiang' or prime minister) and Zhang Shizhi ('ting wei' or court captain) investigated the trickeries of Xin Yuanping, which led to the extermination of the latter's three lineages. The emperor was no longer interested in ghosts and spirits afterwards.
 
Han Emperor Jingdi
Emperor Jingdi, Liu Qi (188 - 141 B.C.) was the fifth son of Emperor Wendi. Jingdi's mother was dowager empress Dou-tai-hou. Emperor Jingdi was noted for his pro-agriculture and the pro-horse-husbandry policies. Emperor Jingdi, while not expanding wars with the Huns, sought to establish the military farming in the border areas. Among the able generals would be Li Guang, Cheng Bushi and Zhi Dou.
 
Emperor Jingdi, who was fond of brother Liu Wu (King Liang-wang), had at one time in 154 B.C. made a claim to pass the throne to Liu Wu after his death. 'zhan shi' Dou Ying, who was a nephew of dowager-empress Dou-tai-hou, objected to the idea. In 150 B.C., when Liu Wu came to the capital again, dowager-empress Dou-tai-hou mentioned the brotherly succession again. Yuan Ang (? - 150 B.C.), who was serving King Chu-wang at the time, raised the objection, over which Liu Wu later sent an assassin to get Yuan Ang killed.
 
Liu Qi, as crown prince, at one time received the visit of prince Liu Xian, a son of King Wu (Liu Bi). During an argument over chess games, Liu Qi accidentally killed Liu Xian with chessboard. When Emperor Wendi sent Liu Xian's coffin to the Wu Principality, King Wu returned the coffin, with a claim that the kingdom was of the Liu family and hence his son should be buried in the capital where he died. HAN SHU recorded that the Wu king hence harboured resentment towards Liu Qi.
 
Emperor Jingdi, to rein in the various Liu kings, appointed Chao Cuo first as 'nei shi' and then 'yushi dafu', i.e., one of the three duke-equivalent ministers. The emperor adopted Chao Cuo's 'xue [eliminate] fan [vassalage kings]' proposal to revoke the kingship, numbering about 26 commandaries which were down from the maximum 42 commandaries from Han Emperor Gaozu's time period. The Kuaiji-jun and Yuzhang-jun commandaries were first revoked. In 154 B.C., King Wu, Liu Bi, rebelled against the emperor on the pretext of helping the emperor purge the evil ministers. Altogether seven Liu-surnamed kings from Wu, Chu, Zhao and Qi land joined the rebellion. This came to be known as the rebellion of the seven states. At the advice of Yuan Ang who at one time served as prime minister to the Wu king, Han Emperor Jingdi, to appease the rebels, ordered the execution of minister Chao Cuo at the Dong-shi market. Yuan Ang, as 'tai chang' [imperial attache], was sent to the Wu-guo state for pacifying the rebellion. However, the King of Wu refused to quit the rebellion. Scholar Mei Cheng, who had advised against the Wu king's rebellion before it went into eruption, authored a second article of advice for the Wu king. The Wu king continued the rebellion. In later time, scholar Su Zhe pointed out the emperor's lack of compassion by listing the death of ministers Zhang Shizhi, Deng Tong, Chao Cuo, and Zhou Yafu. (Zhang Shizhi, who offended crown prince Liu Qi, died while he was demoted to be prime minister of the Huaiyang-guo state. Zhou Yafu, who offended Emperor Jingdi during a banquet, was accused of rebellion for buying helmets for the afterlife burial, and committed suicide via fasting at the prison. Deng Tong, a court jester who enjoyed the privilege to make the bronze coins in the Sichuan basin over the favor from sucking the swollen purulence of Emperor Wendi, was ordered to have assets confiscated by Emperor Jingdi, and ultimately died of starvation.)
 
With the rebel army approaching the Han capital, Emperor Jingdi promoted 'cheqi [chariot/cavalry] jiangjun [general]' Zhou Yafu to 'tai wei [grand captain]', and empowered him with leading an army against the Wu-guo and Chu-guo rebels. Lih Ji, i.e., Marquis Quzhou-hou, was ordered to attack the Zhao-guo state, while General Luan Bu was to attack the Qi-guo state. Dou Ying stationed troops in Xingyang to monitor the situation. Zhou Yafu (? - 143 B.C.), who was son of Zhou Bo and at one time reprimanded Emperor Wendi for the fast driving at the Xiliu (thin willow) army camp, defeated the rebels within three months. King Wu fled to the Yue land, where he was killed. Emperor Jingdi hence revoked the kings' administrative and legislative powers. Zhou Yafu, for his contribution, was made into a prime minister before the emperor found an excuse to get him killed. Dou Ying was conferred the title as Marquis Weiqi-hou.
 
Brother Liu Wu, who was implicated in the assassination of Yuan Ang, was called to the capital. At the Han'gu'guan Pass, Liu Wu got off the cart, which made the emperor and the dowager-empress think that Liu Wu had committed suicide. The dowager-empress said that the lord had killed her [junior] son. Liu Wu was pardoned but ultimately died of depression. The dowager-empress again said that the lord had killed her [junior] son. To appease dowager empress Dou-tai-hou, the emperor divided the Liang-guo domain into five parts for King Liang-wang's five sons to inherit.
 
After dowager-empress Bo-ji died in 154 B.C., Emperor Jingdi revoked the Bo family empress four years later, and in 151 B.C., made concubine Wang Zhi into an empress. Empress Wang Zhi's son would be Liu Che, i.e., future Emperor Wudi. Among Emperor Jingdi's son would be Liu Fa (the 6th son, King Ding-wang of Changsha, who was the 5th generation ancestor of the founding emperor of the Eastern Han Dynasty), and Liu Sheng (the 9th son, King Jing-wang of Zhongshan, who was the purported ancestor of the Shu-han Dynasty of the Three Kingdom time period).
 
Han Emperor Wudi
In 141 B.C., Han Emperor Wudi, the 10th son of Emperor Jingdi, was enthroned at the age of seven. Han Emperor Wudi was able to ascend to the throne as a result of his good relations with cousin A-qiao, a daughter of Eldest Princess Liu Piao [who was a sister of Emperor Jingdi]. However, Ah-qiao was not able to bear any child for the emperor, possibly due to the cousin blood relationship. Emperor Wudi later took in Wei-zi-fu who was a singer under Princess Pingyang, a sister. Emperor Wudi later banished A-qiao to the Changmen-gong [long gate] Palace over the 91 B.C. 'wugu' [poisonous {bugs} magic witchcraft] incident.
 
Wei-zi-fu, i.e., Madame Wei-furen, born son Liu Ju who was to become a crown prince. Because of Lady Wei (Wei-zi-fu), brother Wei Qing was appointed as a general for leading the campaign against the Huns. Huo Qubing, i.e., Wei Qing's nephew, also took part in the campaigns and scored major victories against the Huns. The Wei family lost favor with the emperor after Crown Prince Liu Ju committed suicide over implication in the 'wugu' [poisonous {bugs} magic witchcraft] incident.
 
Emperor Wudi, in his high age, had superstition and suspicion. The women in the palaces, for sake of winning favor, had hired witches to exert the witchcraft. In 92 B.C., near the Jianzhang-gong palace, the emperor, after spotting a person entering the Zhong-longhua-men gate with a sword, ordered the execution of the gatekeeper and a search of the Shanglin-yuan imperial garden for the swordsman. The cavalry of the three imperial garrison areas combed through the area for days but could not locate the swordsman. Meanwhile, Zhu Anshi, a so-called 'chivalry man' of Yangling [sunnyside mausoleum], was at large after many robbery acts. Gongsun He4, for saving son Gongsun Jingsheng from prison over the appropriation of military funds, requested for the task of capturing the robber. The robber, after capture, accused the prime minister of hiring witches to plant the wood figurines along the road to the Ganquan-gong Palace for cursing the emperor. Gongsun Jingsheng was also accused by Zhu Anshi of adultery with Princess Yangshi [sunnyside stone]. In January of 91 B.C., Gongsun He4 was arrested over the 'wugu' [poisonous {bugs} magic witchcraft]. Both father and son were imprisoned and later killed in prison. Several princesses, together with Marquis Wei Kang (a son of Wei Qing) were ordered to be executed. Liu Qumao, 'tai shou' [magistrate] for the Zhuo-jun Commandary, was made into the prime minister and Marquis Peng-hou.
 
The emperor, who dreamt of being attacked by thousands of wood figurines, ordered an investigation of the 'wugu' [poisonous {bugs} magic witchcraft]. Jiang Chong, a prosecutor, used torture to extract confession, which led to death of over several tens of thousands of people. Jiang Chong, together with Haan Sui (Marquis Andao-hou), 'yu shi' [censor] Zhang Gan, and 'huang men' [eunuch team lead] Su Wen et al., tried to implicate the crown prince by searching the palaces for evidence of buried wood figurines. Jiang Chong was afraid that the crown prince could harm him after succession. The crown prince, who was accused of possession of a lot of wood figurines underneath the floor of his residence, resisted Jiang Chong at the urge of 'shao fu' [tutor] Shi De who cited the story of the death of Fu Su, the Qin Emperor Shihuangdi's eldest prince. The crown prince ordered to have Jiang Chong and his Hu witches killed. The crown prince then notified the empress of the action. Eunuch Su Wen fled to Ganquan-gong to report to the emperor. The emperor first sent a messenger to recall the crown prince for questioning, but the messenger dared not enter the capital city and reported to the emperor about the crown prince's rebellion. Prime minister Liu Qumao fled the city without seal after finding out that the crown prince had issued order to open the weapons' depot and take arms. The capital city swirled with rumors that the crown prince had rebelled.
 
The emperor organized an army to crack down on the crown prince. The emperor returned to Jianzhang-gong to direct the troops in the three capital city districts against the crown prince. The emperor called on the Hu cavalry mercenaries from the Changshui and Xuanqu area to come to the aid. Liu Ju, the crown prince, had to organize the civilians into an army after Ren An, a military leader of the Northern Barracks, refused to answer the order to fight. After five days' battles against the prime minister's army near the west gate of the Changle-gong [happy always] Palace, the crown prince was defeated and fled the city. The emperor sent Liu Chang {'zong zheng' [superintendent in charge of the Liu ancestral lineage]) and Liu Gan {'jin zhi wu' [garrison commander]} to the Weiyang-gong Palace to revoke the emperess' seal. Lady Wei-zi-fu committed suicide. Citing QING YING of SHI JING, Linghu Mao, a 'san lao' [three elderly] official at the Hu-guan [kettle] Pass, petitioned with the emperor to pardon the crown prince, putting blame on Jiang Chong. While the emperor realized his mistake, he did not take action to restore the status for the last remaining baby of the crown prince. The baby, i.e., future Han Emperor Xuandi, hence grew up in the imperial prison. At one time, the emperor was advised to execute all prisoners by a cunning minister over some necromacy. The prison superintendent refused to open up the gate, and hence safeguarded the young prince's life. The emperor later allowed the boy to relocate to the Liu family's ancestral hall, where he grew up with good tutoring.
 
Crown Prince Liu Ju, who fled to seek asylum with a commoner in Huxian, committed suicide when the local officials laid a siege of his hiding place. Liu Ju's two sons also died with him in the manhunt. In 90 B.C., at the urge of Tian Qiuqian, a 'lang guan' official in charge of Emperor Gaozu's pilgrimage, submitted another petition to seek redress for the crown prince, claiming that he dreamt of a white-haired old man telling him to do so. The emperor came to realize that it was a setup by Jiang Chong. The emperor made a 'Si-zi-gong' Palace for the remembrance of his son. Prime minister Liu Qumao, who was accused by 'nei shi' Guo Rang of cursing the emperor and conspiracy with Li Guangli in making King Changyi-wang into an emperor, was executed via the waist decapitation. Li Guangli, whose wife was arrested, hastily launched a battle against the Huns at the frontier upon learning of the upheaval at the nation's capital, and was defeated by the Huns.
 
Han Emperor Zhaodi
Emperor Zhaodi, i.e., Liu Fuling, was Wudi's younger son born by Lady Zhao Jieyu (i.e., Madame Gouyi-furen), known for holding a blue jade hood in the palm when born. When Zhaodi passed away, Liu He, a grandson of Emperor Wudi, was enthroned but was deposed by Huo Guang imemdiately afterwards for bad behavior. Huo Guang selected Liu Bingyi, the only survivor son of Liu Ju, as the new emperor.

 
 
Relationship with the Huns
 
In the early time period of Former Han Dynasty
(202 B.C. - A.D. 220) , the Han emeprors used to marry princess to the Hunnic kings in exchange for peace, which proved to be futile. (Many times, the Han emperors used the court maids of honour in lieu of princess. In contrast, the later Tang Dynasty sent over the orthodox princess to Tibet.) It would be during the reign of Emperor Wudi (140-86 B.C.) that the Chinese fought back.
 
Han Emperors Wendi and Jingdi were renowned for their frugality. Their policies as to the Huns would be pacifying. Han Emperor Wudi, however, embarked upon a policy of expansion. From the mouth of a defecting Hun, Wudi learnt about a country called Yeh-chih Major to the west of the Huns. Hence, he sent an emissary called Zhang Qian, a Hun guide called Tangyifu and 100 people on a trek across the west. Zhang etc was arrested by the Huns soon, and he was forced to live among the Huns for dozens of years and he had married and bron two children. Zhang, however, did not forget about Wudi's order, and he fled with his Hun guide to the west and reached the state of Da'yuan, and with the assistance from Da'yuan king, was escorted to Kangju where the Kanju king assisted him further on his trip to Bactria where the Yeh-chih Major settled down. Upon Zhang's return from the west after a span of 13 years, Emperor Wudi first ordered 4 expeditions to the southwest of China to search for a route to India. This is because Zhang Qian reported that he saw Zangke (a place in today's Sichuan Province) bamboo products and Sichuan clothing which the Bactria merchants said were shipped over from India. Emperor Wudi then ordered expeditions to the west.
 
Zhang Qian told Emperor Wudi that Han should marry over a princess to the Wusun Statelet so that the Huns would lose their support in Western China, a strategy called 'cutting off the right arm of the Huns'. Zhang said that Wusun originally dwelled around Dunhuang, Gansu Provice and the areas around the Qilian Mountains, together with Yeh-chih. But Yeh-chih attacked them. The son of Wusun king would ask the Huns to help them in defeating the Yeh-chih. Zhang was ordered again to go west with hundreds of messengers. When those messegers returned to the capital, they did a calculation and derived the number of 36 statelets across the west of China. Wudi sent expeditions into the Hunnic territories frequently, and historians said he had used up his royal savings in waging the war on the Huns. The Wusun horses were originally called 'Tian Ma', namely, the Hevenly Horses, but later Emperor Wudi renamed the Wusun horses 'Xi Ji Ma' or western-most horses while the Da'yuan horses were given the name of 'Tian Ma'.
 
Between 130 and 121 B.C., the Chinese armies drove the Huns back across the Great Wall, and weakened the Huns in Gansu Province as well as on what is now Inner Mongolia. Famous Chinese generals, like Wei Qing and Li Guang would emerge in this time period. After General Ho Chu-ping (Huo Qubing) defeated the Huns and pushed into Ferghana Valley in 102 B.C., the Huns suffered setbacks and made peace with Han. General Huo Qubing set up the Qiuquan Commandary in Gansu Province, and later three more commandaries were set up, Wuwei, Zhangye and Dunhuang. For the first time, Chinese colonized in non-Chinese territories. Civilians were relocated to guard the posts along with the army. After General Li Guangli campaigned against the ancient state of Dayuan in Central Asia, more posts were set up on the Silk Road. From Dunhuang to the Qinhaihu Lake, hundreds of 'farming soldiers' were stationed.
 
When the small statelets, like Gushi and Loulan, tried to harass Han emissaries, Emperor Wudi sent General Zhao Puonu on a campaign against the two statelets. General Zhao caught the King of Loulan and conquered Gushi. When Da'yuan refused to trade their horses with Han, and further killed the Han emissry and robbed the gold horse, Emperor Wudi sent General Li Guangli on a campaign against Da'yuan in 104 BC. Emperor Wudi, who was fond of Empress Li (Li Furen), conferred Li Guangli the job as General Er-shi for the campaign against the Dawan-guo State. General Li Guangli's first campaign, with tens of thousands of convicts, failed to capture a city called Yucheng somewhere near the Peacock River of today's Chinese Turkestan. General Li Guangli returned with less than 20% of the forces in about 2 years. Emperor Wudi stopped him from coming inside of the Yumeng-guan [jade gate] Pass. General Li Guangli stayed in Dunhuang. At about the same time, a Han general lost 20,000 men to the Huns. Emperor Wudi decided to conquer Da'yuan first before concentrating on the Huns. He ordered 60,000 second-class citizens and convicts, 100,000 buffalos, and 30,000 horses on a new campaign against Da'yuan. After a siege of over 40 days, Da'yuan killed their king and surrendered to Han. The Han army retrieved a dozen top-class horses and over 3,000 middle-class horses and returned. When Gen. Li Guangli was en route of return, his brother Li Ji, together with eunuch brother Li Yannian [who was a court musician enjoying a 2,000-bushel equivalent stipend] were exterminated over the lascivious activities at the palaces. In 101 B.C., Emperor Wudi, in light of the late Concubine Li (Li Furen), conferred Li Guangli the title of Marquis Hai-xi-hou [west of the sea] as condolence for the death of his brothers. (Lady [Concubine] Li, i.e., Li Fu-ren, was fetched from Princess [sister] Pingyang's residency by the emperor after eunuch Li Yannian sang the song about a beauty of northern China ['beifang you jiaren'] who could capsize a person at the first sight and capsize a country at the second sight. At the time Lady Li died, she refused to turn towards the emperor for preserving her image of beauty.)
 
Friction with the Huns continued. A Han emissary, Su Wu, was detained and sent to Lake Bajkal to be a shepherd for 19 years, only to be returned after Huo Guang (General Ho Chu-ping's brother) requested for Su with the Hunnic king who had initially cheated Huo in saying that Su was long dead. In 100 B.C., Wudi sent a mission of over 100 people, led by an emissary called Su Wu, to the Huns, and Su Wu was detained by the Huns. Wudi later dispatched an army to punish the Huns. One contingent of 5000 arrow soldiers from southern China, led by General Li Ling (grandson of Li Guang), was encircled by the Huns numbering 30000. General Li Ling surrendered to the Huns after exhausting all arrows. In 90 B.C., General Li Guangli and his 70,000 troops, departing Wuyuan for the north, were defeated by the Huns. Li Guangli himself surrendered to the Huns and he was killed by the Huns later as a result of manipulation by Hunnic official Wei Lv. Emperor Wudi ordered the extermination of Li Guangli's family.
 
Li Ling was asked to see Su Wu by the Hunnic king. Li told Su that Su's wife had already remarried and Su's two brothers had died in China. But Su Wu refused to surrender. Li gave a Hun woman to Su as his wife. When Su returned to China, he had only eight of his previous companions with him. In later times, poems were made up about the Li Ling and Su Wu stories of parting at He-liang [a bridge over a river] in today's Outer Mongolia to infer that Li Ling and Su Wu first initiated the five character format for poetry. Poets made a parallel of the He-liang farewell to assassin Jing Ke's parting with Yan Prince Dan at the upperstrean Yi-shui River.
 
By the time of Emperor Xuandi (reign 73-48 B.C.), south of Tianshan Mountains was under Han Chinese control. A Hunnic king called 'Rizhuowang' (king of sun chasing) offended Hunnic chanyu or king, and hence he defected to Han China, yielding to Chinese the original Hunnic control of northern part of Chinese Turkistan. Hunnic internal turmoils once led to the existence of five 'chanyu'. By 62 B.C., north of Tianshan Mountains was firmly controlled by Chinese as well. Colonization went as far as the ancient state of Sache. This post was responsible for reporting on the situations in such states as Kangju and Wusun. The defection of 'Rizhuowang' had to do with Hunnic Youxianwang (rightside virtuous king) taking over the power with the help of ex-queen. 'Rizhuowang' was the brother of the dead Hunnic king. 'Rizhuowang' sent an emissary to Han governor-general at Quli, Zheng Jie, for help. Zheng Jie sent an army of 50000 and escorted 'Rizhuowang' to Han capital, Chang'an.
 
When the new Hunnic chanyu killed two brothers of 'Rizhuowang', the sun of the old Hunnic chanyu set up an independent court, calling himself 'Huhanye Chanyu'. After the death of the usurping Hunnic Chanyu, three more Hunnic leaders proclaimed themselves 'chanyu', leading to co-existence of five 'chanyu'. Around 53 B.C., hearing that 'Huhanye Chanyu' obtained the support of the Han Chinese, the last competing 'chanyu', Zhizhi, sent his son to Han Court as a hostage as well. Zhizhi, being afraid of Han for his killing Han emissary, relocated to the west, namely, the ancient Jiankun Statelet. This relocation also had to do with the request from Kangju king who intended to attack the Wusun Statelet. Then governor-general Gan Yansou answered the call from Wusun and sent 6 columns of armies to defeat Kangju and 'Zhizhi Chanyu'. Zhizhi's descendants would later call themselves the Kirghiz.
 
During the reign of Emperor Yuandi, 48-32 B.C., one of the Hunnic kings, 'Huhanye Chanyu', surrendered to Chinese, and colonization reached Cheshi.
 
The Hunnic empire split into two hordes in 51 B.C., with the Eastern Horde (or Southern Horde) subject to China. In 33 B.C., 'Huhanye Chanyu', came to Han capital for the second time and was married with lady Wang Zhaojun, a court maid of honour. (Lady Zhaojun, like many princesses and maids of honour married with Huns or other nomads before and after her, would later re-marry with the successor Hunnic King, a practice adopted by the nomads throughout history.) Peace ensued for dozens of years.

 
 
Relationship with the Southern Statelets
 
In southern China, When uprisings occured against Qin throughout China, Ren Xiao, at death bed, instructed that Zhao Tuo take over the 'captain' post. Zhao Tuo seized and blocked the passes through the Nan Ling (southern ridges), killed imperial designatories, and declared himself an emperor when he heard about the uprisings against the Qin Empire. In 207 B.C., Zhao Tuo campaigned against Guilin and Xiang-jun commandaries, united the three commandaries, and declared the statehood of Nan-yue.
 
In 193 [196?] B.C., Han Emperor Liu Bang sent Lu Jia and a seal to the Nan-Yue Statelet. Zhao Tuo downgraded his title to that of a king. Han Dynasty then rescinded the previous conferral of southern territories from King Wu Rui of Changsha. Several conflicts broke out between Nan-yue and the King of Changsha in the ensuing dozen years. At the time of Empress Lv-hou, Zhao Tuo again upgraded his title to that of an emperor. This was because Empress Luu-hou, in the spring of 183 B.C., decreed that ironworks and female cattle, sheep and horses be forbidden from export to Nan-yue. Zhao Tuo's emissary was retained in Chang'an the capital; Zhao Tuo's ancestral tombs were dug up; and Zhao Tuo's kinsmen were persecuted and executed. To counter King Changsha, Zhao Tuo allied with the chieftans of Min-yue, Xi-ou and Luo-yue. Zhao Tuo mounted an unsuccessful campaign against Changsha. In Sept of 181 B.C., Luu-hou rescinded the seal of the King of Nan-yue and dispatched troops [under Rong Luuhou] against the south. One year later, the Han army failed to advance while Empress Luu-hou passed away. Zhao Tuo sought for peace again. Emperor Wendi agreed to it.
 
Zhao did not downgrade his title till he was visited by emissary Lu Jia of the new emperor, Han Emperor Wendi (reign B.C. 179-157). Wendi won back Zhao Tuo by repairing Zhao's ancestral graves in Zhending [i.e., Dingzhou of Hebei Province] of northern China. In 137 B.C., Zhao Tuo passed away at the age of over 100. Grandson Zhao Hu succeeded him. Ying-qi assumed the kingship from Zhao Hu till 112 B.C. Zhao Xing, a son born in Chang'an, succeeded Ying-qi.
 
Nan-Yue rebelled as a result of its prime minister killing the young king, Zhao Xing, the great grandson of Zhao Tuo. This had to do with the adultery of the Han emissary with the mother of the Nan-Yue king. Hen Emperor Wudi dispatched Anguo Shaoji [i.e., a lover of Zhao Xing's mother] to Nan-yu as well as stationed Luo Bode's troops at Guiyang to serve as military detente. Prime minister Luu Jia barely escaped from the assassination attempt by Zhao Xing's mother. Wudi then dispatched Haan Qianqiu and 2000 soldiers to the relief of Zhao Xing's mother. Luu Jia and his brother then took initiatives, laid siege of the palace, and killed Zhao Xing, the dowager queen, and Han emissary. Luu Jia erected Zhao Jiande, a son born by Ying-qi with a southern Yue woman, as the new king. Han Qianqiu and 2000 soldiers were destroyed about 20 kilometers away from Fanyu [i.e., Canton]. Han Emperor Wudi sent Lu Bode and several columns of armies, about 100,000 strong, to campaign in southern China. A naval fleet arrived at Panyu, namely, today's Canton, at the mouth of Zhujiang Delta, to attack Nan-Yue from the sea. When the Nan-yue remnants fled to the sea, the fleet pursued them to the Gulf of Tongking in Vietnam. Lu Bode's army sacked Canton in the winter of 111 B.C., and killed Luu Jia and Zhao Jiande. The Nan-yue land, including central and northern parts of today's Vietnam, were made into the commandaries of Nanhai, Cangwu, Yuelin [Guilin], Jiaozhi, Jiuzhen, Rinan, Zhuya and Dan'er.
 
In 202 B.C., Wuzhu was conferred the title as King of Min-Yue by Han Emperor Gaodi (Liu Bang). In 192 B.C., Yao was conferred the title as King of Donghai (East Sea) by Han Emperor Huidi. The capital city was in Dong'ou and hence he was referred to as King of Dong'ou. Sima Qian, in comments about the length of the Min-Yue & Dong-Yue Statelets, said that the 'Yue' People must have inherited Lord Yu's spirits. Min-Yue & Dong-Yue were related to so-called 'Gu-yue' or the Ancient Yue Statelet located in today's Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. One claim would put all the Yue people, i.e., Bai Yue or the Hundred Yue People, in the same lineage as Lord Yu's descendants.
 
In 135 B.C., namely, the Jianyuan 6th year of Han Emperor Wudi, however, Min-Yue attacked Dong-Ou, and besieged the Dong-Ou capital. Dong-Ou asked for help from the Han court. The Han court relocated the Dong-Ou (Dong-Yue) people northward, to the area between the Yangtze River and the Huai River. Min-Yue took over the vacant land of Dong-Ou (Dong-Yue). In Aug of 135 B.C., King Zou Ying of Min-yue attacked Nan-yue. King Zhao Hu reported to Han Emperor Wudi. Han dispatched an army against Min-yue. Brother Yu-shan killed King Zou Ying with short spear and surrendered Zou Ying's head to Han Emperor Wudi. A grandson of Min-yue founder king Wu-zhu, i.e., Yao-jun [Prince Yao], by the name of Chou, was made into the new king. Since Yu-shan had attempted at kingship, the Han court relocated Yu-shan to Dong-ou to be King of Dong-yue.
 
Another generation later, after the conquest of Nan-Yue by Han Emperor Wudi, Min-Yue, now also known as Dong-Yue, would be attacked by the Han armies under the pretext that they tried to take advantage of the Han's war with Nan-Yue. A combined force of armies from Yuzhang and ships from the Hangzhou Bay destroyed the state. The Min-Yue people were relocated northward to the areas of the Huai and the Yangtze rivers.
 
In 135 B.C., a Han emissary, Tang Meng, was dispatched to the Yelang Statelet. Tang Meng noted that Nan-Yue or the Southern Yue was using soy sauce from today's Sichuan Province. The Yelang Statelet, with 100,000 strong army, was targeted by Han as a ally in the war on the Southern Yue. The Han emissary said that the Zangke River (a place in today's Sichuan Province), by which the Yelang Statelet dwelled, flew into Pany of today's Guangdong Province. The southern barbarians in today's Guizhou and Sichuan provinces were called upon as auxiliaries in the campaign against Nan Yue. But they killed a Han emissary. The Han armies killed a chief of the southern barbarians and made the territory into the Zangke (Yangke?) Commandary, namely, today's Guizhou Province, in 111 B.C.
 
Four more commandaries were set up southwest of today's Sichuan, including the Yuesui Commandary (today's southwestern Sichuan and northern Yunnan), Shenli Commandary (today's Daduhe River area in Sichuan Province), Wenshan Commandary (today's Wenchuan and Songpan of western Sichuan Province) and Wudu Commandary (today's southern Gansu and southern Shenxi Province).
 
The Yelang Statelet was pacified and conferred kingship. Dian, aka Shoumi-guo, which Scholar Zhan Quanyou stated was built upon a Shoumi tribal statelet, was the next target. Two years later, the Han Emperor mobolized the armies of Ba and Shu (i.e., Sichuan) for a southern campaign, exterminated the tribal statelets of Laojin (i.e., today's Malong) and Mimo (today's Qujing) in today's eastern Yunnan Prov, and amassed the army forces onto the Dian Kingdom and forced it into submission. In 109 B.C., the Dian Kingdom was conferred the title as king, with a gold seal. The Yizhou Commandary, with governor office at today's Jinning of Yunnan, was set up to control the domain. In western Yunnan, Buwei County, i.e., today's Baoshan, was setup, and in the south, Laiwei County (today's Laizhou Prov of Vietnam) was set up.

 
 
Confucianism vs Daoism During Early Han Dynasty
 
Mr Lin Yutang proposed during early 20th century the notion that the 'ancient Chinese were Confucian superficially, a Daoist innerside, and a legalist in governance.' A careful perusal of the early Han Dynasty history will show the kind of interwining nature of the three schools of thought in governance and philosophy. Should China ever possess a legalist philosophy, it was very much overturned during the Han Emepror Wudi's reigh, when the Confucian ranking system in regards to the king, the father and son etc was adopted. However, the Confucian and Daoist thoughts were never in conflict with each other for the Chinese intellectuals of the next two thousand years.
 
Han Dynasty founder (Han Emperor Gaodi, Liu Bang) was never fond of Confucians. When receiving a 60-year-old confucian by the name of Li Yiji, Gaodi deliberately had two maids wash his feet; when Li Yiji challenged Gaodi on the matter of not showing respect for the old confucian, Liu Bang called the name of 'shu ru' (i.e., damned confucian); Liu Bang did not show respect for Li Yiji till Li Yiji cited the success and failure stories in history as examples for Liu Bang to win the war against Qin Empire. After the unification of China, Gaodi at one time employed Shu-sun Tong, a Qin-era 'bo-shi' (doctorate), for making the imperial rituals, and appointed him the post of "tai chang", i.e., imperial attache. Shu-sun Tong later served the Crown Prince as "tai fu", i.e., imperial tutor. (Later, Qing historian Hong Liangji commented that the Qin empire had its demise in the hands of Shu-sun Tong. Why so? Because, Shu-sun Tong, as Qin Emperor Hu-hai's doctorate official, had told Hu-hai not to worry about the Chen Sheng & Wu Guang rebellion while he himself fled the capital to join Xiang Liang's rebellion.)
 
Per LULIN ZHUAN of HAN SHU, at the very beginning of the Han dynasty, there was a revival of studies of CHUN QIU ZUO-SHI ZHUAN. Zhang Cang, Jia Yi, Zhang Chang, and Liu Gong-zi ("taizhong dafu" {imperial admonition minister}, with the name Liu Gong-zi literally meaning Prince Liu but not necessarily a Liu royal family prince who should be termed 'wang" or a king, instead) all liked to edit CHUN QIU ZUO-SHI ZHUAN. Though, the book was never given the imperial attention till the Xin dynasty time period. One version of CHUN QIU ZUO-SHI ZHUAN was said to be passed down from Zhang Cang (Marquis Beiping-hou), a former Qin-era "yu shi" (imperial censor), who was said to be a disciple of scholar Xun Qing. Zhang Cang was said to have passed CHUN QIU ZUO-SHI ZHUAN to Han Dynasty scholar Jia Yi ("tai fu" or tutor for the Liang state); Jia Yi passed to grandson Jia Jia; Jia Jia passed to Guan4 Gong ("bo shi" for King Hejian-xian-wang); Guan4 Gong passed to son Guan4 Changqing ("ling" or magistrate for Dangyin); Guan4 Changqing passed to Zhang Chang ("jing-zhao yin", magistrate of the capital) & Zhang Yu ("yu shi" or a censor); Zhang Yu passed to Xiao Wangzhi ("yu shi" or a censor; and "tai fu" or tutor for the crown prince) and Yin Gengshi; Yin Gengshi passed to son Yin Xian, Di Fangjing, and Hu Chang; Hu Chang passed to Jia Hu; and Jia Hu passed to Chen Qin whose son Chen Qin passed to Xin Dynasty usurper emperor Wang Mang. It was said that Liu Xiang and Liu Xin had studied CHUN QIU ZUO-SHI ZHUAN from Yin Xian and Di Fangjing. Also, the Zuo family lineage book claimed that the Zuo family descendants fled the Wang Mang imperial recall by changing the surname and seeking anonymity in the related Qiu-surnamed hometown.
 
At the time of Emperor Xiaohuidi and dowager-empress Lv Hou, a few scholars were appointed some nominal posts, such as Yuan Gusheng and Haan Ying in the area of SHI JING, Zhang Sheng and Ou Yang in the area of SHANG SHU, Hu Wusheng and Dong Zhongshu in the area of CHUN QIU. At the time of Emperor Jingdi (reign 156-141 B.C.), Confucians Hu Wusheng (a former Qi territory person) and Dong Zhongshu (a former Zhao territory person) were made into 'bo shi', i.e., doctorate officials, for the research into Confucius' book CHUN QIU (Springs & Autums). It was said that Hu Wusheng and Gongyang Shou (who was a descendant of Gongyang Gao, a student of Confucian student Zi-xia) who were responsible for putting the Gongyang school of interpretation of CHUN QIU into the book format.
 
However, history said that Emperor Wendi liked 'xing ming' (the legal system) while Emperor Jingdi did not make any Confucian appointments. More, dowager-empress Doutaihou (Dou-tai-hou) had a personal preference for the Yellow Elderly school of thought, namely, the Laoism, which was also interpretated to be longevity studies attributed to the Yellow Emperor and Lao-zi. At one time, Yuan Gusheng offended dowager-empress Doutaihou when commenting on the Lao-zi books as being shallow. Dowager-empress Doutaihou cursed the Confucian books as belonging to the "cheng-dan" people, a term referring to Qin Emperor Shihuangdi's decree to force whoever was in possession of SHI JING, SHANG SHU and the books related to the hundreds of schools of thoughts to work as the citywall builders. More, Dowager-empress Doutaihou ordered Yuan Gusheng (Yuan Gu) to fight the wild boars as punishment.
 
In 140 B.C., when Emperor Wudi got enthroned at the age of 16, he would make a decree that local governors send in learned persons to the capital, and over one hundred intelligentsia, include Dong Zhongshu of Guangchuan, Gongsun Hong of Zichuan, and Yan Zhu of Kuaiji, came to the capital. Wudi disapproved of the old officialdom policy which was to have officials (worthy of a pay of 2000 units of grains) recommend their sons and nephews for various posts. The new decree, 'advocating thrift people and recomemending filial people', discounted the family origin. A good story about Wudi would be his assigning Yan Si (an old man who went through two prior emperors' rule without any promotion) for the post of du wei (governing captain) of Kuaiji Commandary. Wudi was impressed by Dong Zhongshu's article which advocated Confucianism as the creed for ruling a nation. Wudi conferred Dong a post as prime minister for King of Jiangdu (Liu Fei).
 
Prime Minister Wei Guan suggested to Wudi that only few Confucian intelligentsia like Gongsun Hong and Yan Zhu should be retained while the rest non-Confucians could be sent back to their homes. After Wudi replaced Wei Guan with Dou Ying (nephew of Dowager Empress Doutaihou), Dou Ying and Tian Fen would locate two Confucians for Wudi: Zhao Guan and Wang Zang. Zhao Guan and Wang Zang were two of the thousand students of an eighty-year-old Shen-gong of the ex-Chu Principality. Shen-gong was renowned for his research into ancient Shi Jing [classics of poems]. Shen-gong was invited to the capital by Wudi, but Shen-gong somehow performed modestly for sake of avoiding palace struggles.
 
Though, Confucianism did not get developed until much later. Dowager-empress Dou-tai-hou still vehemently opposed the non-Daoist thoughts. In 139 B.C., when minister Zhao Guan suggested to Emperor Wudi that he did not have to consult with the dowager-empress about the practice of new policies, Dou-tai-hou pressued the emperor into having Zhao Guan ('yushi dafu') and Wang Zang ('langzhong ling') arrested. Dowager Empress Doutaihou, who previously intended to kill 'bo shi' Yuan Gu who served under Emperor Jingdi, would force Wudi into having Zhao Guan and Wang Zang arrested for propagation of Confucianism. Dowager Empress made an analogy of the Confucian proponents to foretune-teller Xin Yuanping who was executed by the predecessor emperor for fabricating the supernatural phenomenon and objects. Dowager Empress Doutaihou was fond of Daoism and hated Yuan Gu, Zhao Guan and Wang Zang for advocating Confucianism. Zhao Guan and Wang Zang, who offended Doutaihou for advising Wudi on prevention of the empress intervention in politics, committed suicide inside the prison. Under the pressure of Doutaihou, Wudi deprived Dou Ying and Tian Fen of their posts. Dou Ying ('chengxiang' or prime minister) and Tian Fen ('tai wei') were deprived of their posts. Xu Chang (Marquis Bozhi-hou) and Zhuang Qingdi (Marquis Wuqiang-hou) took over the prime minister and 'yushi dafu' posts, respectively. Shen-gong claimed illness and went home. The new deal polices were revoked. Nothing was achived till after Dou-tai-hou died in 135 B.C.
 
After the death of Dowager Empress Doutaihou, Tian Fen was assigned the post as prime minister. Dong Zhongshu, who was conferred a post as prime minister for the King of Jiangdu (Liu Fei), was impeached by an official called Zhufu Yan in 135 BC. Han General Guan Fu tried to mediate over the relationship of Tian Fen and Dou Ying, but he offended Tian Feng in a marriage banquet in 131 B.C. With the help of Dowager Empress Wangtaihou, Tian Feng made Wudi order that both Guan Fu and Dou Ying be executed. Guan Fu's whole family were exterminated.
 
Wudi's brother, King of Lu, discovered some surviving books hidden by the 8th generation grandson of Confucius (Kong Zixiang) inside of the walls of Confucius' house. Zhang Tang, a censor or inspector under Wudi and a cruel criminal law official, would order 'bo shi' scholars to research into Shang Shu and Shi Jing. (Zhang Tang was notorious for his childhood article 'Interrrogating Mice' on which occasion he caught and interrogated mice after digging through the mice's underground caves to catch the mice for mice's stealing his family's grains.)
 
In 130 B.C., at the age of 80, Gongsun Hong, who claimed illness after returning from the Huns as an emissary, was recommended to the court again. Yuan Gu was over the age of 90 by that time. Gongsun Hong was conferred the post as yushi dafu, i.e., censor-in-chief.
 
Zhufu Yan, using Jia Yi's ideas, proposed to Wudi to have the various Liu kings divide their domain into smaller fiefs among their brothers and sons so that the various Liu kings would not be strong enough to pose a threat to the central government. Zhufu Yan also proposed the pacifying policies with the Huns; but, after General Wei Qing and General Li Xi defeated the Hunnic kings in Loufan and Baiyang and took over the Hetao land south of the Yellow River in 127 B.C., Zhufu Yan changed his mind and proposed to Wudi to have a castle built on the north bank of the North Yellow River Bend in the same way as Qin Emperor Shihuangdi did. Gongsun Hong advised against Zhufu Yan's proposal by citing the futile attempts of Qin Shihuangdi in mobilizing 300,000 people for building the castle. Wudi concurred with Zhufu Yan in relocating over 100,000 people to the north bank. Zhufu Yan impeached King of Yan for his lasciviousness. King Yan was ordered by Wudi to commit suicide. Zhufu Yan was dispatched to King of Qi as prime minister. Angry that his daughter could not be married over to King Qi, Zhufu Yan impeached King Qi for King Qi's affairs with a sister. King Qi committed suicide. Gongsun Hong impeached Zhufu Yan for King Qi's death. Wudi ordered Zhufu Yan and his family be executed. Wudi deprived Xue Ze of the prime minister post; Gongsun Hong was conferred the post of prime minister (the post that belonged to three so-called 'san gong' or three duke-equivalents) and the title of Marquis Pingjin in 124 B.C. Gongsun Hong, following the practice of eminent princes of the Warring States time period, set up several guest houses for attracting talents and counsellors. Gongsun Hong appeared thrifty and pious, but were jealous of talents and extravagent inside. Dong Zhongshu had criticisms of Gongsun Hong. Gongsun Hong somehow inhibited Wudi's attempt to recall Dong Zhongshu.
 
With Gongsun Hong as prime minister, Emperor Wudi instituted the position of wu jing bo shi, i.e., Five Classics Doctorals and ordered that prefectures and the various Liu kingdoms dispatch learned youths to the capital as doctoral students. Confucius' ninth generation grandson, Kong An'guo, was among the doctorals teaching the students.
 
Gongsun Hong recommended Ji An for the post of rightside nei shi and recommended Dong Zhongshu for the post of prime minister for the King of Jiaoxi (Liu Rui), in the attempt of ridding the two political enemies by means of a 'borrowed knife'. Dong Zhongshu resigned his post for retirement shortly thereafter and then finished a 100,000 character book entitled Chunqiu Fanlu (miscellaneous dews from Spring & Autumn era).
 
Hu Wusheng [and his disciple Gongsun Hong] and Dong Zhongshu had been responsible for making CHUN QIU GONG-YANG ZHUAN a state teaching textbook. Among the two compendium-nature annotation books for CHUN QIU, namely, Gong-yang-gao's 11-volume CHUN QIU GONG-YANG ZHUAN [a Han dynasty book covering 242 years of the Lu state], and Gu-liang-chi's 11-volume CHUN QIU GU-LIANG ZHUAN [another Han dynasty book covering 242 years of the Lu state], the latter appeared to be of the nature of rebuttal against the former. Both books, which were postulated to have been passed on from the disciples of Confucian student Zi-xia, were in the format of questions and answers, apparently a compilation of the classroom teachings. (Zuo-qiu Ming's 35-volume CHUN QIU ZUO-SHI ZHUAN was not given the proper status during the Former Han Dynasty time period. During the Han dynasty, two other CHUN QIU versions of ZOU-SHI and JIA-SHI at one time existed before they were lost into oblivion.)
 
Zhang Tang was conferred the post of ting wei (court captain). Zhang Tang and Gongsun Hong colluded with each other, but Ji An refused to show respect for the two. Zhang Tang had under his service a learned doctoral student called Ni Kuan; Ni Kuan was known to Wudi for his article that Zhang Tang submitted to Wudi. In 124 B.C., Wei Qing was conferred the post of Da Jiangjun (Grand General or Generalissimo) for defeating the Hunnic 'rightside virtuous king' and capturing 150,000 Huns; Wei's three babies and his generals were conferred the marquisdom titles; Wei Qing married with a 40 year old widow, Princess Pingyang. Though, Ji An still showed no respect for Wei Qing. The next year, Wei Qing led 6 columns against the Huns. General Zhao Xin surrendered to the Huns. General Huo Qubing, however, had a small victory. Wudi, to enrich the depleted royal savings spent on the campaigns against the Huns, decreed that officialdom could be bought with money.
 
The King of Huainan, Liu An (179-122 B.C.), hired eight elderly intelligentsia, Su Fei, Li Shang, Zuo Wu, Chen You, Wu Bei, Mao Zhou, Lei Bei and Jin Chang, and completed the alchemy and legends book, Huai Nan Zi, a.k.a. HONG (swan) LIE (ardent). The eight elderly intelligentsia, called by 'ba [eight] gong [grandpa]', had their name set for the Bagong-shan Mountain on the northern bank of the Fei-shui River. The alchemy work accidentally led to the invention of tofu, for which Liu An was accredited with being the founding master of the tofu industry. BEN CAO GANG MU confirmed this invention. Coming to the nation's capital, Liu An submitted the book to the emperor. Among the series of books written by Liu An's hanger-on guests, there was a CHU CI style poem which called for the return of the king's grandson from the wilderness: Wangsun (king's grandson or a royal) you (going into the wilderness) xi [modal word] bu (no) gui (return), chuncao (spring grass) sheng (growing) xi [modal word] qiqi (luxuriant). Liu An, a grandson of the founding emepror Liu Bang, assumed from his father in 64 B.C. one of the three subdivided fiefs of the original Huainan-guo territory which was assigned to in 203 and taken back from Ying Bu in 196 B.C. For his raising a few thousand hanger-on guests, Liu An was susceptible to being accused of rebellion. King Huainan committed suicide when he was accused by Lei Bei, one of the eight renowned scholars, and one of his own grandsons, of attempting to rebel against Wudi. Zhang Tang tried the accomplices and exterminated the families of the people involved, including Liu An's wife and two daughters. The Huainan fief was downgraded to the Jiujiang Commandary.
 
The King of Hengshan, Liu Ci, followed the suit of Liu An. The Hengshan fief was reduced to a commandary. The emperor's seven year old prince was made a crown prince. Marquis Bowang-hou (Zhang Qian) was dispatched to the west again.
 
Also notable would be a figure called Dongfang Shuo who, per research of some scholar, had been said to have travelled to the Arctic area more than 2000 years ago. The basis of this claim would be Dongfang Shuo's writings in regards to the 'extreme darkness' and the 'extreme daylight' for six months, respectively. Dongfang Shuo, however, was noted for infatuating Han Emperor Wudi in saying the emperor had exceeded the three sovereigns and five overlords.

 
 
The Xin (New) Dynasty
 
At one time, two daughters of Lady Wang Zhaojun were invited by Wang Mang to visit the Han court, and Hunnic king promptly sent over one of the Lady Wang's daughters to the Han Court. This girl stayed in Han court for one whole year. After Wang Mang usurped the Han Dynasty, and named his dynasty Xin, namely, new, he would re-cast the seals bearing his new dynastic names and sent those seals to the Hunnic kings in exchange for the old seals conferred by Han Emperors. Later, the Huns found out about the trick and rebelled against the Wang Mang's Xin Dynasty. Wang Mang would fail to quell the Hunnic rebellions. He called upon the two sons of the brother of Lady Wang Zhaojun and sent them to the Huns frequently as 'ambassadors of friendship'. The two sons of the brother of Lady Wang Zhaojun would often contact the husband of the elder daughter of Lady Wang Zhaojun to broker peace. Wang Mang, however, continued his tricks and he at one time took the husband of the elder daughter of Lady Wang Zhaojun as a hostage, intending to support him as the new Hunnic king. During Wang Mang's reign, the Hun-Han relationship was the worst. Subsequent turmoils and rebellions which overthrew Xin Dynasty would allow the Huns to re-take control of parts of Chinese Turkistan.

 
 
Map linked from http://www.friesian.com

 
 
Latter Han Dynasty 
 
 
TO BE CONTINUED !
 
 
Written by Ah Xiang
 
 


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