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Wang Mang

45 BC - 23

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Wang Mang (Chinese: 王莽) (45 BC – 6 October 23 CE), courtesy name Jujun (Chinese: 巨君; pinyin: Jùjūn), was the founder and the only emperor of the short-lived Chinese Xin dynasty. He was originally an official and consort kin of the Han dynasty and later seized the throne in 9 CE. The Han dynasty was restored after his overthrow, and his rule marked the separation between the Western Han dynasty (before Xin) and Eastern Han dynasty (after Xin). Traditional Chinese historiography viewed Wang as a tyrant and usurper, while more recently, some historians have portrayed him as a visionary and selfless social reformer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wang Mang has received more than 497,919 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Wang Mang is the 1,123rd most popular politician (down from 1,094th in 2019), the 74th most popular biography from China (up from 79th in 2019) and the 46th most popular Chinese Politician.

Wang Mang was most famous for the short-lived Xin Dynasty, which lasted from 9 to 23 AD.

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Among politicians, Wang Mang ranks 1,123 out of 15,577Before him are Stephen, King of England, Jungjong of Joseon, Ur-Nammu, Eric Bloodaxe, Vidkun Quisling, and Ilham Aliyev. After him are Piero di Cosimo de' Medici, Idris of Libya, Albert II of Germany, William II of the Netherlands, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and Anna of Austria, Queen of Spain.

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Among people born in 45 BC, Wang Mang ranks 1After him is Quirinius. Among people deceased in 23, Wang Mang ranks 2Before him is Strabo. After him are Juba II, Drusus Julius Caesar, and Liu Xin.

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Among people born in China, Wang Mang ranks 74 out of 1,392Before him are Emperor Xuanzong of Tang (685), Gao Xingjian (1940), Yu the Great (-2123), Chongzhen Emperor (1611), Jianwen Emperor (1377), and Zhao Yun (168). After him are Jet Li (1963), Xianfeng Emperor (1831), Xun Kuang (-313), Emperor Wen of Sui (541), Emperor Taizu of Song (927), and Dong Zhuo (139).


Among politicians born in China, Wang Mang ranks 46Before him are Xiang Yu (-232), Xuande Emperor (1399), Emperor Xuanzong of Tang (685), Yu the Great (-2123), Chongzhen Emperor (1611), and Jianwen Emperor (1377). After him are Xianfeng Emperor (1831), Emperor Wen of Sui (541), Emperor Taizu of Song (927), Daoguang Emperor (1782), Emperor Gaozong of Tang (628), and 2nd Dalai Lama (1476).