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Military Matters 209–217

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This chapter considers Cao Caos dealings with the emperor, his internal policies, and such of his personal thoughts and feelings as may be discerned from his own writings and the records of discussion at his court. At the beginning of the Chinese year 209, Cao Cao was at his base territory about Xu city and Ye, while two of his armies were on the defensive in the south: Cao Ren under siege in Jiangling on the middle Yangzi, and Hefei city attacked by Sun Quan. In 211, as the southern front was now quiet, Cao Cao announced an offensive against Zhang Lu, the theocratic warlord of Hanzhong. Sun Quan and Liu Bei had never been in close contact, while the men of Jing province had no love for the Sun family, their long-term enemies; there was reason to hope that such uncertain allies might be divided.

Keywords: Cao Cao; Jing province; Liu Bei; Sun Quan; Zhang Lu



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