• Frederick Martin
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The form of government of the Chinese empire is strictly patriarchal. The sovereign called ‘Ta-hwang-li,’ or the Great Emperor, is regarded as the father of his people, and has unlimited power over all his subjects. The fundamental laws of the empire are laid down in the first of the ‘Four Books ’ of Confucius, which prescribe the government of the state to be based upon the government of the family.


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