Chronologic Timeline of Ming Emperors 1368 AD - 1644 AD ; Descendancy of the Ming House explained.
Imperial Ming-styled Dragon Logo, symbolising the Emperor, his might, longevity of Reign and prosperity. During the early Ming Dynasty China was the most influential trade nation and most important military power in East and South-East Asia.
Lasting for 17 years, the Chongzhen Reign was the last reign period of the Ming Dynasty.
Zhu Youjian was determined to eliminate the eunuch power-group headed by Wei Zhongxian and arduously set to work on this task immediatly after his coronation. On his Imperial Authority he had the eunuch banished to the city of Fengyang in far Anhui Province, where he was to guard the Imperial Mausolea. Wei never even reached Fengyang. Realising his career was over and he was personally doomed, the formerly powerful eunuch ended his life by hanging himself from a tree at the roadside. The next targets of the Emperor would be Wei's clique of trusted followers still installed in high positions. All 262 officials installed under orders of Wei Zhongxian were punished by the Emperor, either being tortured and executed, banished, or simply demoted and dismissed from office.
Achievements: The Chongzhen Reign was the last Reign Period of the Ming Dynasty. Contrary to his predecessor Emperors, the young Emperor was diligent and serious with State Affairs. Overcoming the eunuch power-clique that had ravaged the Empire, Zhu Youjian tried to stabilize the Empire by improving the lives of the ordinary peasant citizen. In one case of famine, the Emperor went as far as to economize the Imperial Court, saving money to set an example and show his sympathy for his people. Unfortunatly all of these measures would come too late. Multiple rebellions had arisen around the Empire, the south and the North alike. The Former Northern Territories were already under control of a Tungusic People, who had conquered neighboring tribes and had established a parallel Dynasty in the North. Crowning himself Emperor of the Manchu and establishing a power base in the North, Prince Nuerhachi captured Shandong Province. With the encirclement complete the Manchu were now in a good position to strike at the Imperial Capital of Beijing.
A View of the Imperial Palace and its Northern Gate Shen Wu Men from Jingshan Hill. At the foot of the Hill is a modest memorial to the Chongzhen Emperor.
Death & Succession :Beijing, the Ming Capital, finally
fell in 1644 AD, after the citizens revolted and were
joined by the Armies of Prince Nuerhachi, the military
and political leader of the newly arriving Manchu, who