The Romance of the Three Kingdoms was a history story book by Luo Guanzhong, a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) author. The content is stories of the Three Kingdoms period (220-280), many of which were passed down orally. The author included many aspects of the Three Kingdoms period, such as politics, military, and diplomacy.
Cao Cao (155-220) liked to read books, and specifically enjoyed researching military strategies. In the last year of the Han Dynasty, the emperor, Han Xiandi, fled the capital because of major unrest. Many say he lived in a broken-down house with no food after leaving the capital. Cao Cao, hearing of this, took this opportunity to send troops to take him to Xu Du. From there, Cao Cao used the emperor’s name to appoint himself the head general. He used the emperor’s name to give orders, but he was the one in charge, he had all the power. He quickly dispatched many of the warlords, and soon gained control of the north, with Sun Quan and Liu Bei in the south. Sun Quan and Liu Bei, recognizing that they could not win alone, joined forces to defeat Cao Cao.
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