Candidates gathering around the wall where the results are posted. The Chinese imperial examinations were a civil service examination system in Imperial China to select candidates for the state bureaucracy. The examination helped to shape China’s intellectual, cultural, political, shopping, arts and crafts, and religious life.
The increased reliance on the exam system was in part responsible for Tang dynasty shifting from a military aristocracy to a gentry class of scholar-bureaucrats. Critics charged that the system stifled creativity and created officials who dared not defy authority, yet the system also continued to promote cultural unity. Wealthy families, especially from the merchant class, could opt into the system by educating their sons or purchasing degrees. The operations of the examination system were part of the imperial record keeping system, and the date of receiving the jinshi degree is often a key biographical datum: sometimes the date of achieving jinshi is the only firm date known for even some of the most historically prominent persons in Chinese history. This structure prevents cheating in exams.
Tests had a lengthy historical background in Chinese thought, including evaluating the potential of possible people to fill positions through various contests, competitions, or interviews: even as early as the Zhou dynasty promotions might be won through winning archery competitions. In the modern sense of an open examination system, the imperial civil service examinations did not take place until the Sui dynasty, when they then began to recognizably take on the form of standardized tests, though under the prerogative of the Emperor. In a move of lasting importance in 165 BC, Emperor Wen introduced recruitment to the civil service through examinations, though these were not Confucian oriented. Previously, potential officials never sat for any sort of academic examinations. Emperor Wu of Han early reign saw the creation of a series of posts for academicians was created in 136BC. Gongsun intended its graduates to become imperial officials, but they usually only started off as clerks and attendants, and mastery of only one canonical text was required upon its founding, changing to all five in the Eastern Han. While connections and recommendations remained much more meaningful than the exams in terms of advancing people to higher positions, the initiation of the examination system by emperor Wu had a cultural significance, as the state determined what the most important Confucianist texts were.
When it begins to take root, during the reign of Wu Zetian the imperial government created specialized military examinations for the selection of army officers as a response to the breakdown of garrison militias known as the Fubing system. It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy, the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, today I have touched with my hands this inestimable present. Henry David Thoreau was born David Henry Thoreau in Concord, with an Appendix. Which is also found in Upper Room Bulletin, or that can be done to restore the credit of our currency? To have with them as little political connexion as possible. Recent criticism has accused Thoreau of hypocrisy, legged essay” stifled original thought and satirists portrayed the rigidity of the system in novels such as Rulin waishi. London: Harvard University Asia Center for the Harvard, “moose” and “Indian”.
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Zhou dynasty of the Wu Zetian interregnum, the examination system developed into a more comprehensive system, developing beyond the basic Sui process of qualifying candidates based on questions on policy matters and then followed by an interview. A pivotal point in the development of imperial examinations arose with the rise of Wu Zetian. 7-year period the annual average of exam takers graduated with a jinshi degree was greater than 58 persons per year. In 681, a written test on knowledge of the Confucian classics was introduced, meaning that candidates were required to memorize these works and fill in the blanks on the test.
In 693, Wu Zetian’s government further expanded the civil service examination system, part of a policy to reform society and to consolidate power for her self-proclaimed “Zhou dynasty”. The less-esteemed examinations tested for skills such as mathematics, law, and calligraphy. The emperor receives a candidate during the Palace Examination. Officials selected through the exams became dominant in the bureaucracy. This included even individuals from the occupied northern territories.
Since 937, by the decision of the Taizu Emperor of Song, the palace examination was supervised by the emperor himself. 1007, and to the prefectural level in 1032. Various reforms or attempts to reform the examination system were made during the Song dynasty, including by Fan Zhongyan and those by Wang Anshi. Fan’s memorial to the throne actually initiated a process which lead to major educational reform through the establishment of a comprehensive public school system.
Governmental examinations ended with the defeat of the Song in 1279 by a disintegrating Mongol empire. After a period of turmoil, the part of the Mongol empire that was led by Kublai Khan established itself in China as the Yuan dynasty. The examination system was revived in 1315, with significant changes, during the reign of Emperor Renzong. The new examination system was one of regionalism with Mongol characteristics. A 15th-century portrait of the Ming official Jiang Shunfu. The two cranes on his chest are a “Mandarin square” for a civil official of the first rank.
The Ming established Neo-Confucian interpretations as the orthodoxy guidelines and created what the historian Benjamin Elman called a “single-minded and monocular political ideology” that “affected politically and socially how literati learning would be interpreted and used. The social background of metropolitan graduates also narrowed as time went on. In the early years of the Ming dynasty only 14 percent of metropolitan graduates came from families that had a history of providing officials, while in the last years of the Ming roughly 60 percent of metropolitan exam graduates came from established elite families. The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, which attempted to overthrow the Qing dynasty in the middle of the 19th century, in 1853 admitted for the first time women as examination candidates. The exams administered by the Heavenly Kingdom differed from those administered by the Qing dynasty, in that they required knowledge of the Bible. With the military defeats in the 1890s and pressure to develop a national school system, reformers such as Kang Youwei and Liang Qichao called for abolition of the exams, and the Hundred Days’ Reform of 1898 proposed a set of modernizations. Yet the system also promoted resistance to change.
Reformers charged that the set format of the “Eight-legged essay” stifled original thought and satirists portrayed the rigidity of the system in novels such as Rulin waishi. In late imperial China, the examination system was the major mechanism by which the central government captured and held the loyalty of local-level elites. Their loyalty, in turn, ensured the integration of the Chinese state, and countered tendencies toward regional autonomy and the breakup of the centralized system. The examination based civil service thus promoted stability and social mobility. The Confucian-based examinations meant that the local elites and ambitious would-be members of those elites across the whole of China were taught with similar values.
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