Emperor Yizong of
Western Xia (1047–1068) was Emperor of the Western
Xia from 1048 to 1067. After his father's death in 1048, Yizong
assumed the throne at the age of one, but most of the power laid in
the hands of the Dowager. In 1049, the Liao Dynasty attacked Western
Xia and forced it to become a vassal state. In 1056, the Dowager was
killed and Yizong's uncle became the regent. In 1061, Yizong's uncle
and cousin plotted against him, so he had them executed and assumed
direct control of Western Xia.
Yizong expanded the central government, adding many offices. He made
the armies more efficient and improved his control over faraway
states. Yizong began to attack Song Dynasty and raided their villages.
He also forced the Turpan leader to surrender. In later years, Yizong
began to improve diplomatic relationships with the Song and Liao
dynasties. He died suddenly in 1067.
Posthumous name - ZhāoyīngHuangdì
Chinese surname with first name - Lǐ Liàngzuò
Eras of Emperor Yizong
The Ageless Chinese by Dun J. Li
Emperors of the Western Xia
Xia → Shang → Zhou → Qin → Han → 3 Kingdoms → Jìn / 16
Kingdoms → S. Dynasties / N. Dynasties → Sui → Tang → 5
Dynasties & 10 Kingdoms → Liao / Song / W. Xia / Jīn → Yuan
→ Ming → Qing → ROC / PRC
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