Jin dynasty (1115–1234)

Great Jin
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Jin dynasty (blue) circa 1141
Circuits of Jin
Capital Huining Prefecture
Languages Middle Chinese, Jurchen, Khitan
Religion Buddhism,
Chinese folk religion
Government Monarchy
 •  1115–1123 Taizu (first)
 •  1234 Modi (last)
 •  Founded by Aguda 28 January 1115
 •  Destruction of the Liao dynasty 1125
 •  Capture of Bianliang from the Northern Song dynasty 9 January 1127
 •  Mongol invasion 1211
 •  Fall of Caizhou to the Mongol Empire 9 February 1234
 •  1126 est. [1] 2,300,000 km2 (890,000 sq mi)
 •  1142 est. 3,000,000 km2 (1,200,000 sq mi)
 •  est. 50,000,000 
Currency Chinese coin, Chinese cash
See: Jin dynasty coinage (1115–1234)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Liao dynasty
Northern Song
Mongol Empire
Southern Song
Qara Khitai
Eastern Xia
Today part of China, Russia, North Korea, Mongolia
Jin dynasty
Chinese name
Chinese 金朝
Alternative Chinese name
Chinese 大金
Literal meaning Great Jin
Khitan name
Khitan Nik, Niku
History of China
History of China
Neolithic c. 8500 – c. 2070 BCE
Xia dynasty c. 2070 – c. 1600 BCE
Shang dynasty c. 1600 – c. 1046 BCE
Zhou dynasty c. 1046 – 256 BCE
  Western Zhou
  Eastern Zhou
    Spring and Autumn
    Warring States
Qin dynasty 221–206 BCE
Han dynasty 206 BCE – 220 CE
  Western Han
  Xin dynasty
  Eastern Han
Three Kingdoms 220–280
  Wei, Shu and Wu
Jin dynasty 265–420
  Western Jin
  Eastern Jin Sixteen Kingdoms
Northern and Southern dynasties
Sui dynasty 581–618
Tang dynasty 618–907
  ( Second Zhou dynasty 690–705)
Five Dynasties and
Ten Kingdoms

Liao dynasty
Song dynasty
  Northern Song Western Xia
  Southern Song Jin
Yuan dynasty 1271–1368
Ming dynasty 1368–1644
Qing dynasty 1644–1912
Republic of China 1912–1949
People's Republic of China 1949–present
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The Jin dynasty, officially known as the Great Jin, lasted from 1115 to 1234 as one of the last dynasties in Chinese history to predate the Mongol invasion of China. Its name is sometimes written as Kin, Jurchen Jin or Jinn in English to differentiate it from an earlier Jìn dynasty of China whose name is identical when transcribed without tone marker diacritics in the Hanyu Pinyin system for Standard Chinese. [2] It is also sometimes called the "Jurchen dynasty" or the "Jurchen Jin", because its founding Emperor Taizu of Jin (reign 1115–1123) was of Wanyan Jurchen descent.

The Jin emerged from Taizu's rebellion against the Liao dynasty (907–1125), which held sway over northern China until the nascent Jin drove the Liao to the Western Regions, where they became known as the Western Liao. After vanquishing the Liao, the Jin launched an over hundred-year war against the Song dynasty (960–1279), which was based in southern China. Over the course of their rule, the Jurchens of Jin quickly adapted to Chinese customs, and even fortified the Great Wall against the rising Mongols. Domestically, the Jin oversaw a number of cultural and technological advancements, such as the development of gunpowder and the revival of Confucianism.

The Mongols invaded the Jin under Genghis Khan in 1211 and inflicted catastrophic defeats on Jin armies. Though the Jin seemed to suffer a never-ending wave of defeats, revolts, defections, and coups, they proved to have tenacity. The Jin only succumbed to Mongol conquest 23 years later in 1234.


The Jin dynasty was officially known as the "Great Jin" at that time. Furthermore, the Jin emperors referred to their state as Zhongguo (中國) like some other non-Han dynasties. [3] Non-Han rulers expanded the definition of "China" to include non-Han peoples in addition to Han people whenever they ruled China. [4] Jin documents indicate that the usage of "China" by dynasties to refer to themselves began earlier than previously thought. [5]

Other Languages
Bân-lâm-gú: Kim-kok
한국어: 금나라
Bahasa Indonesia: Dinasti Jin (1115-1234)
italiano: Dinastia Jīn
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Gĭng-guók
монгол: Алтан улс
日本語: 金 (王朝)
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Szin
ភាសាខ្មែរ: អាណាចក្រជិន
Simple English: Jin dynasty
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Dinastija Jin (1115–1234)
українська: Династія Цзінь
Tiếng Việt: Nhà Kim
文言: 金朝
吴语: 金国
粵語: 金朝
中文: 金朝