T'ai Tsung was the most outstanding and dynamic ruler of the Tang dynasty and one of the greatest rulers of China.

Li Shih-min, was under the name of Tang T'sai Tsung, the real founder of the Tang dynasty (618 - 907) during which China reached its highest cultural achievements. Li Shih-min led a revolt in 618 that enbled his father the establish a new dynasty. During his own reign as emperor, he expelled the Turks and reunited the Chinese Empire.

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