In the footsteps of Emperor Zhu

Posted: June 22, 2013 in Books, History

“He trusted no one, not even his closest associates.One of his first acts…upon ascending the throne was to set up a network to spy on his subordinates and to register the entire population of China…Every household was required to list the names, ages and professions of all who lived there; neighboring households were instructed to keep watch on one another.” –from “When China Ruled the Seas” (by Louise Levathes)

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