Emperor Wu of Han

156 BC - 87 BC

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Emperor Wu of Han (156 – 29 March 87 BC), born Liu Che and courtesy name Tong, was the seventh emperor of the Han dynasty from 141 to 87 BC. His reign lasted 54 years – a record not broken until the reign of the Kangxi Emperor more than 1,800 years later – and remains the record for ethnic Han emperors. His reign resulted in a vast expansion of geopolitical influence for the Chinese civilization, and the development of a strong centralized state via governmental policies, economical reorganization and promotion of a hybrid Legalist–Confucian doctrine. In the field of historical social and cultural studies, Emperor Wu is known for his religious innovations and patronage of the poetic and musical arts, including development of the Imperial Music Bureau into a prestigious entity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emperor Wu of Han has received more than 1,301,906 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Emperor Wu of Han is the 548th most popular politician (down from 537th in 2019), the 42nd most popular biography from China (down from 39th in 2019) and the 21st most popular Chinese Politician.

Emperor Wu of Han is most famous for the establishment of Confucianism as the official state philosophy and the establishment of Confucian scholars as the ruling class of China.

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Among politicians, Emperor Wu of Han ranks 548 out of 19,576Before him are Pertinax, Franz von Papen, John II of France, Charles the Simple, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, and Abdulmejid II. After him are Elena Ceaușescu, George IV of the United Kingdom, Nader Shah, Menes, Vytautas, and Richard II of England.

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Among people born in 156 BC, Emperor Wu of Han ranks 1 Among people deceased in 87 BC, Emperor Wu of Han ranks 1After him are Pompeius Strabo, Marcus Antonius, Quintus Lutatius Catulus, Quintus Mucius Scaevola Augur, Lucius Julius Caesar, Lucius Cornelius Merula, and Gnaeus Octavius.

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Among people born in China, Emperor Wu of Han ranks 42 out of 1,610Before him are Hongwu Emperor (1328), Nurhaci (1559), Zhu Xi (1130), Zhou Enlai (1898), Mahmud al-Kashgari (1029), and Lu Xun (1881). After him are Emperor Gaozu of Han (-256), Toshiro Mifune (1920), Hong Taiji (1592), Yongzheng Emperor (1678), Yuan Shikai (1859), and Mozi (-470).


Among politicians born in China, Emperor Wu of Han ranks 21Before him are Puyi (1906), Emperor Taizong of Tang (598), Yongle Emperor (1360), Hongwu Emperor (1328), Nurhaci (1559), and Zhou Enlai (1898). After him are Emperor Gaozu of Han (-256), Hong Taiji (1592), Yongzheng Emperor (1678), Yuan Shikai (1859), Shunzhi Emperor (1638), and Wang Mang (-45).