Imperial Bureaucracy: The Tang Dynasty

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The Tang Dynasty, in an attempt to restore Chinese unity, rebuilt their imperial bureaucracy. The Tang bureaucracy extended from the imperial palace to the subprefecture. Within this administration were two secretariats; one drafted imperial decrees, the other oversaw petitions of local dignitaries and the reports of regional and provincial bureaucrats. The executive department, which was divided into six ministries, ran the day-to-day operations of the empire. In addition, the Bureau of censors responsible for monitoring and reporting the mistakes of all officials. Lastly, there is the department in charge of running the imperial household. The bureaucracy ran most of the dynasty and held a great amount of authority. Nevertheless, this government
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