China after the Tang Dynasty
After the collapse of the Tang Empire in 907 AD, China plunged into chaos. This period of Chinese history is called the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period.
In the north there arose the five dynasties, all of whom tried but were unsuccessful at unifying China. They were the Later Liang (907 - 923), the Later Tang(923 - 936), the Later Jin (936 - 946), the Later Han (947 - 950) and the later Zhou (950 - 960).
In the south the Ten Kingdoms, coexisted but warred with each other continually. They were:
902-937 Wu (Did not issue coins)
903-925 Earlier Shu
907-978 Wu Yue (Did not issue coins)
917-971 Southern Han
924-963 Jing Nan (did not issue coins)
933-965 Later Shu (issued very few coins)
937-975 Southern Tang
951-979 Northern Han (did not issue coins)
In 960, General Zhao Kuangyin, an officer in the army of the Later Zhou Dynasty, was elected emperor by his disgruntled soldiers. He marched on the capital and deposed the last emperor of Later Zhou, establishing the Sung Dynasty, taking the title Taizu.