Yan Xishan

1883 - 1960

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Yan Xishan (IPA: [jɛ̌n ɕíʂán]; 8 October 1883 – 22 July 1960, Chinese: 閻錫山; pinyin: Yán Xīshān) was a Chinese warlord who served in the government of the Republic of China. He effectively controlled the province of Shanxi from the 1911 Xinhai Revolution to the 1949 Communist victory in the Chinese Civil War. As the leader of a relatively small, poor, remote province, he survived the machinations of Yuan Shikai, the Warlord Era, the Nationalist Era, the Japanese invasion of China and the subsequent civil war, being forced from office only when the Nationalist armies with which he was aligned had completely lost control of the Chinese mainland, isolating Shanxi from any source of economic or military supply. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Yan Xishan has received more than 306,922 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Yan Xishan is the 5,142nd most popular politician (up from 5,564th in 2019), the 397th most popular biography from China (up from 408th in 2019) and the 234th most popular Chinese Politician.

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Among politicians, Yan Xishan ranks 5,142 out of 15,710Before him are Bermudo II of León, Marie Anne Mancini, Francesco III d'Este, Duke of Modena, Georges Bidault, Pierre Gemayel, and Kamal Jumblatt. After him are Nikolay Bobrikov, İslâm III Giray, Infanta Beatriz of Spain, Emperor Go-Uda, Sinon, and Michael Hainisch.

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Among people born in 1883, Yan Xishan ranks 66Before him are Mauritz Stiller, Nikolay Krestinsky, José Clemente Orozco, Edgard Varèse, Kenji Doihara, and Gusztáv Jány. After him are Ernest Ansermet, Alfredo Casella, Ichirō Hatoyama, Fritz Gerlich, Vladimir Antonov-Ovseyenko, and Archibald Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell. Among people deceased in 1960, Yan Xishan ranks 47Before him are Henri Guisan, Frank Lloyd, Jacques Becker, Inejiro Asanuma, Otoya Yamaguchi, and Jussi Björling. After him are Norodom Suramarit, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Vicki Baum, Pierre Reverdy, Abram Ioffe, and James Montgomery Flagg.

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Among people born in China, Yan Xishan ranks 397 out of 1,186Before him are Li Qingzhao (1084), Daniel C. Tsui (1939), Emperor Chong of Han (143), Gampopa (1079), Wen Tianxiang (1236), and Run Run Shaw (1907). After him are Qian Xuesen (1911), Emperor Xuanzong of Tang (810), Emperor Shang of Tang (695), Zhang Xianzhong (1606), Gengshi Emperor (null), and Princess Wencheng (628).


Among politicians born in China, Yan Xishan ranks 234Before him are Langdarma (803), 7th Dalai Lama (1708), 10th Dalai Lama (1816), Emperor Jingzong of Tang (809), Emperor Huai of Jin (300), and Emperor Chong of Han (143). After him are Emperor Xuanzong of Tang (810), Zhang Xianzhong (1606), Gengshi Emperor (null), Princess Wencheng (628), Jia Sidao (1213), and Yang Kaihui (1901).