Emperor Taizu of Song
Emperor Taizu was the founder of the Chinese Song Dynasty.
Zhao Kuangyin was a general in the service to the Later Zhou Dynasty before overthrowing the boy ruler in 960 and taking the throne himself, declaring the beginning of a new dynasty. His armies took Jiangnan in 963, Sichuan in 965, Guangdong in 971, and Anhui, Jiangxi and Hunan in 975, as he worked to unify China under his control.
Emperor Taizu died in 976 and was succeeded by his younger brother, Emperor Taizong of Song, who completed this effort of unification, seizing control of Jiangsu and Zhejiang in 978, and Shanxi in 979.
Emperor Gongdi of Later Zhou
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Emperor Taizong of Song
- Valerie Hansen, The Open Empire, New York: W.W. Norton & Company (2000), 265.