Later Jin (Five Dynasties)
|Capital|| Taiyuan (936)|
|Religion||Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Chinese folk religion|
|•||936–942||Shi Jingtang (Gaozu)|
|•||942–947||Shi Chonggui (Chudi)|
|Historical era||Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period|
|•||Ended by Liao||947 947|
|Currency||ancient Chinese coinage|
The Later Jìn (simplified Chinese: 后晋; traditional Chinese: 後晉; pinyin: Hòu Jìn, 936–947), also called Shi Jin (石晉), was one of the Five Dynasties during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period in China. It was founded by Shi Jingtang, who was posthumously titled "Gaozu". Liao, its original protector state, destroyed Later Jin by invading in 946 and 947, after Jin's second ruler, Shi Chonggui, fell out with them.
Founding of the Later Jin
The first sinicized Shatuo ethnicity state, Later Tang, was founded in 923 by Li Cunxu, son of the great Shatuo chieftain Li Keyong. It extended Shatuo domains from their base in Shanxi to most of North China, and into Sichuan.
After Li Cunxu’s death, his adopted son, Li Siyuan became emperor. However, the Shatuo relationship with the Khitans, which was vital to their rise to power, had soured. Shi Jingtang, the son-in-law of Li Cunxu, rebelled against him, and with the help of the Khitan, declared himself emperor of the Later Jin in 936.
The other major exception was a region known as the Sixteen Prefectures. By this time in history, the Khitan had formed the Liao dynasty out of their steppe base. They had also become a major power broker in North China. They forced the Later Jin to cede the strategic Sixteen Prefectures to the Liao. Consisting of a region about 70 to 100 miles wide and including modern-day Beijing and points westward, it was considered a highly strategic region, and gave the Liao even more influence in North China.
Relations with the Khitan
The Later Jin had often been described as a puppet of the emerging Liao dynasty. The help of their powerful northern neighbors was vital in the formation of the Later Jin and the cession of the Sixteen Prefectures led to their derision as being the servants of the Khitan.
After the death of the founder of the dynasty, Shi Jingtang, his nephew, adopted son and successor Shi Chonggui defied the Liao, resulting in the latter invading in 946 and 947, resulting in the destruction of the Later Jin.
List of emperors
|Temple name||Posthumous name||Personal name||Period of reign||Chinese era name and dates|
|the Five Dynasties|
|Convention: name of dynasty + temple name or posthumous name|
|Hou (Later) Jin Dynasty 936–947|
|高祖 Gāozǔ||Too tedious, thus not used when referring to this sovereign||Shi Jingtang 石敬瑭 Shí Jìngtáng||936–942||Tiānfú (天福) 936–942|
|Did not exist||出帝 Chūdì||Shi Chonggui 石重貴 Shí Chóngguì||942–947|| Tiānfú (天福) 942–944|
Kāiyùn (開運) 944–947
Later Jin and Later Tang rulers family tree
|Rulers family tree|
- Mote, Frederick W (2003). Imperial China 900-1800. pp. 12–13.
- Wudai Shi, ch. 75. Considering the father was originally called Nieliji without a surname, the fact that his patrilineal ancestors all had Chinese names here indicates that these names were probably all created posthumously after Shi Jingtang became a "Chinese" emperor. Shi Jingtang actually claimed to be a descendant of Chinese historical figures Shi Que and Shi Fen, and insisted that his ancestors went westwards towards non-Han Chinese area during the political chaos at the end of the Han Dynasty in early 3rd century.
- Ouyang, Xiu (5 April 2004). Historical Records of the Five Dynasties. Richard L. Davis, translator. Columbia University Press. pp. 76–. ISBN 978-0-231-50228-3.
- Chang Woei Ong (2008). Men of Letters Within the Passes: Guanzhong Literati in Chinese History, 907-1911. Harvard University Asia Center. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-674-03170-8.