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The Hongwu Emperor, personal name Zhu Yuanzhang, was the founder and first emperor 1368-1398 of the Ming Dynasty of China. His era name, Hongwu, means "Immensely Martial." The previous Mongol Yuan Dynasty was perceived as "foreign", and the Chinese had strong feelings against their rule. Zhu Yuanzhang led a peasant revolution which pushed the Yuan dynasty back to the Mongolian Steppes. He established the Ming Dynasty in 1386. Hongwu was one of only two Chinese dynasty founders who emerged from the peasant class. The other one was Han Gao Zu of the Han Dynasty. Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping are the two other peasant revolutionaries to have ruled the world's most populous nation.

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The Hongwu Emperor, personal name Zhu Yuanzhang, was the founder and first emperor 1368-1398 of the Ming Dynasty of China. His era name, Hongwu, means "Immensely Martial." The previous Mongol Yuan Dynasty was perceived as "foreign", and the Chinese had strong feelings against their rule. Zhu Yuanzhang led a peasant revolution which pushed the Yuan dynasty back to the Mongolian Steppes. He established the Ming Dynasty in 1386. Hongwu was one of only two Chinese dynasty founders who emerged from the peasant class. The other one was Han Gao Zu of the Han Dynasty. Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping are the two other peasant revolutionaries to have ruled the world's most populous nation. More

 
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