Recruitment Revisited:The Commissioned Civil Service of Later Han
Though the imperial bureaucracy of Later Han employed some 150,000 men, the majority held only junior rank, in secretarial and technical posts or low-level positions in the police and the military. High office was reserved for those with an imperial commission, on which basis they could rise to power and authority. Most men who received commissions were recommended by the officials in charge of their local communities, and were then subject to a period of examination or probation at court. The...[Show more]
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