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Women in China
Gender equality in China has been a long time coming. Traditions dating back thounsands of years are hard to shift. There has yet to be a woman appointed to the top rung of government committee. Change really only started to come after the foundation of the Peoples Republic in 1949. Our page on attitudes to women covers the few Imperial women leaders, marriage and concubines as well as foot binding. Read More
The oldest administrative system
China had a rigid administrative system for thousands of years that remained pretty constant up until 1911. The cornerstone was that appointments were based on scholastic merit and not patronage. A well paid, sedentary job as an official was a greatly prized aim in life and millions of Chinese people studied hard to pass the entrance examinations. Over the centuries the system became very complicated with 98 identified grades of official. Officials did not remain in one post for their working life, they and their family were moved every few years to diifferent places and/or different departments. A separate division of government checked performance and recommended moves and promotions. Only very few made it to the highest grades with access to the Emperor and became fabulously rich. Read More
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