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Sun Jian

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Sun Jian (Chinese: 孫堅; pinyin: Sūn Jiān) (pronunciation ) (155–191?), courtesy name Wentai, was a Chinese military general, politician, and warlord who lived during the late Eastern Han dynasty of China. He allied himself with Yuan Shu in 190 when warlords from eastern China formed a coalition to oust Dong Zhuo, a tyrannical warlord who held the puppet Emperor Xian in his power. Although he controlled neither many troops nor much land, Sun Jian's personal bravery and resourcefulness were feared by Dong Zhuo, who placed him among Yuan Shao, Yuan Shu and Liu Biao as the most influential men at that time. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sun Jian has received more than 396,438 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Sun Jian is the 200th most popular military personnel (down from 160th in 2019), the 124th most popular biography from China (down from 95th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Chinese Military Personnel.

Sun Jian was a general who served under the warlord Yuan Shao in the late Eastern Han Dynasty. He was known for his military victories and his death at the Battle of Wancheng.

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Among military personnels, Sun Jian ranks 200 out of 1,468Before him are Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Parmenion, Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, Gotthard Heinrici, Josip Jelačić, and Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski. After him are Zhou Yu, Lavr Kornilov, Wilhelm Mohnke, Maxime Weygand, Alfred von Tirpitz, and John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.

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Among people born in 155, Sun Jian ranks 4Before him are Cao Cao, Tertullian, and Cassius Dio. After him are Yuan Shu and Xiahou Dun. Among people deceased in 191, Sun Jian ranks 1After him are Emperor Seimu, Bruttia Crispina, and Vologases IV.

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Among people born in China, Sun Jian ranks 124 out of 1,392Before him are Emperor Jing of Han (-188), Emperor Wen of Han (-202), I. M. Pei (1917), Emperor Guangwu of Han (-5), Li Xiannian (1909), and Zhang Qian (-200). After him are Zhou Yu (175), Temür Khan (1265), Emperor Huizong of Song (1082), Hu Yaobang (1915), Sun Ce (175), and Bao Zheng (999).


Among military personnels born in China, Sun Jian ranks 9Before him are Lü Bu (161), Guan Yu (162), Zhang Fei (167), Zhao Yun (168), Dong Zhuo (139), and Yue Fei (1142). After him are Zhou Yu (175), Sun Ce (175), Han Xin (-231), Bai Qi (-250), Zhang Liao (169), and Sun Bin (-401).