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Chongzhen Emperor of China

Emperor Chongzhen (1610 - 1644) was emperor of China (Ming dynasty) between 1627 and 1644. Born Zhu Youjian, he was emperor Taichang's son.

In the beginning of his reign, the Ming dynasty was fading. Popular uprisings and attacks from the Manchus in northeast China were becoming constant. Unlike his brother, Tianqi, Chongzhen tried to rule by himself and do his best.

In 1644, the popular army led by Li Zicheng occupied Beijing. Chongzhen hanged himself in the Forbidden City, putting an end to the Ming dynasty.

See also: Table of Chinese monarchs

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