Thursday, September 4, 2008

Eastern Wu


During the decline of the Han dynasty, the - a region in the south of the Yangtze River surrounding Nanjing - was under the control of the warlord Sun Quan. Sun Quan succeeded his brother Sun Ce as the lord over the Wu region paying nominal allegiance to Emperor Xian of Han . Unlike his competitors, he did not really have the ambition to be Emperor of China. However, after Cao Pi of Cao Wei and Liu Bei of the Shu Han each declared themselves to be the Emperor, Sun Quan decided to follow suit in 229, claiming to have founded the ''Wu Dynasty''.

Eastern Wu was finally conquered by the first emperor, Sima Yan, in 280. It was the longest-lived of the three kingdoms.


Under the rule of Eastern Wu, southern China, regarded in early history as a barbaric "jungle" developed into one of the commercial, cultural, and political centers of China. Within five centuries, during the Five Dynasties and Ten States, the development of Southern China had surpassed that of the north. The achievements of Wu marked the beginning of the cultural and political division between Northern and Southern China that would repeatedly appear in Chinese history well into modernity.

The island of Taiwan may have been first reached by the Chinese during the Three Kingdoms period. Contacts with the native population and the dispatch of officials to an island named "Yizhou" by the Eastern Wu navy might have been to Taiwan, but what Yizhou was is open to dispute; some historians believe it was Taiwan, while others believe it was the Ryūkyū Islands.

Important figures

* Cheng Pu

* Chen Wu

* Ding Feng

* Dong Xi


* Empress Teng

* Empress Quan


* Gan Ning

* Han Dang

* Huang Gai

* Jiang Qin

* Lady Wu

* Ling Cao

* Ling Tong

* Lu Kai

* Lu Kang

* Lu Su


* Lü Dai

* Lü Fan

* Lü Meng

* Pan Zhang

* Sun Ce

* Sun Deng

* Sun Hao

* Sun He

* Sun Jian

* Sun Jing

* Sun Jun

* Sun Kuang

* Sun Lang

* Sun Liang

* Sun Lin

* Sun Quan

* Sun Shao

* Sun Xiu

* Sun Yi

* Taishi Ci

* Wu Jing

* Xu Sheng

* Yu Fan

* Zhang Hong

* Zhang Zhao

* Zhou Tai

* Zhou Yu

* Zhuge Jin

* Zhuge Ke

* Zhu Ran

* Zhu Zhi

* Zu Mao

List of sovereigns

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