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Did early imperial China have a "uniform, multilevel administrative bureaucracy" that the Romans did not?

I thought MCW's answer had some very good points, and I upvoted it. But I think I will try to expand some more on the evolution of the Roman government "system". (The scare quotes express my ...
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Did early imperial China have a "uniform, multilevel administrative bureaucracy" that the Romans did not?

A bureaucracy is a form of work organization. The historical meaning of the term refers to a body of non-elected government officials, but is nowadays understood as an administrative system used by ...
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Did early imperial China have a "uniform, multilevel administrative bureaucracy" that the Romans did not?

The quote from Fukuyama is explicitly reporting the opinion of Max Weber, one of the founding figures of modern sociology. To understand what Fukuyama means, one has to look to Weber and to what ...
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Did Diaochan really love Lü Bu?

Moot, because Diaochan is not a real person. She is described in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which is a historical novel that is not history. In the actual history Sanguozhi (quoted in Wikipedia's ...
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Did Diaochan really love Lü Bu?

Given that is mostly fictional, not historical, it is quite unlikely. In the 14th-century historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Wang Yun was the adoptive father of the fictional maiden ...
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Is this old oval copper coin Chinese?

Running a reverse image search would indicate this coin is Byzantine,not Chinese. A similar coin can be found on ebay, listed as Coin of Byzantium Mauritius Tiberius Others with similar markings were ...
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What was the meaning behind these lip make-ups in Ancient China?

Ok. The idea that Royal or Noble members of Chinese society don't follow fashion trends is absurd. Kate Middleton doesn't do catwalks; however, she does wear designer clothes from some of the greatest ...
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How, and why, did Ancient Chinese hold banners displaying the type of work a person was undertaking?

Re. points 1 and 2: These characters appeared about 3000 years ago, and there are few primary sources from that time. So it is hard to tell how exactly such banners would have looked or what would ...
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Did Diaochan really love Lü Bu?

Given that Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a historical novel, it is highly unlikely that the story of Diaochan and Lübu is true. A historical source you want to refer to is 《三国志》, or else known as ...
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How did the Ten Attendants gain power in the imperial palace?

Initially, court eunuchs were quite lowly in status, and constituted menial servants and attendants. Having "access to the body" of the Imperial family would have been a tremendous advantage ...
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