Cheers and welcome to the newest series on the channel, “China’s Warring States Series”. In Part 1 we will take a look at the State of Jin near the end of the Spring and Autumn period. These are the events that became the catalyst for the Warring States period to come.
Chong’er who would become one of Jin’s most effective rulers, albeit one of the shortest…His father Duke Xian favors the offspring of a captured concubine named Li Ji above his previous children born of willing but separate concubines. Not content to merely displace his children Duke Xian wants to end their lives and devises scenarios to achieve this end but his children are cunning and manage to evade the troops and traps he puts in their path.
Chonger after spending 19 years in Exile evading a father and siblings hell bent on ending his life takes the reins of power and does more than any previous Jin ruler to correct the mistakes of the past. The reforms he enacts are pervasive and encompass both the military and non-military institutions.
“The Dynasty of Jin” – Records of the Grand Historian
“Master Lu’s Spring and Autumn Annals”
“The Grand Scribe’s Records Vol V: The Heriditary Houses of Pre-Han China
“The Han Palace Autumn Moon” – People of Ancient China
“Wuxia” – PeriTune