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Court And Capital

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Early in 208 Cao Cao established his position as Imperial Chancellor and commenced a number of structural and administrative reforms, and though the defeat at the Red Cliffs was a significantand eventually criticalsetback, he swiftly recovered his authority. This chapter considers his court, his personal poetry and proclamations, and aspects of his domestic policy as he sought to rebuild an effective central power among the ruins of the empire of Han. During the Warring States period Ye had been a leading city of the pre-Qin state of Wei, and it became the capital of a kingdom under Former Han. In later years Cao Caos son Cao Pi compiled Lun wen An Essay on Literature, one of the first such critiques in China, and he honoured seven men as the Masters of the Jianan reign period.

Keywords: Cao Cao; Jianan; Ye city



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