China By Demetrius Charles Boulger































































 -  The Emperor Yu, true
to the practice of his predecessors, nominated the president of the
council as his successor, but - Page 7
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The Emperor Yu, True To The Practice Of His Predecessors, Nominated The President Of The Council As His Successor, But His Son Tiki Seized The Throne, And Became The Founder Of The First Chinese Dynasty, Which Was Called The Hia, From The Name Of The Province First Ruled By His Father.

This event is supposed to have taken place in the year 2197 B.C., and the Hia dynasty, of

Which there were seventeen emperors, ruled down to the year 1776 B.C. These Hia princes present no features of interest, and the last of them, named Kia, was deposed by one of his principal nobles, Ching Tang, Prince of Chang.

This prince was the founder of the second dynasty, known as Chang, which held possession of the throne for 654 years, or down to 1122 B.C. With the exception of the founder, who seems to have been an able man, this dynasty of twenty-eight emperors did nothing very noteworthy. The public morality deteriorated very much under this family, and it is said that when one of the emperors wanted an honest man as minister he could only find one in the person of a common laborer. At last, in the twelfth century before our era, the enormities of the Chang rulers reached a climax in the person of Chousin, who was deposed by a popular rising headed by Wou Wang, Prince of Chow.

This successful soldier, whose name signifies the Warrior King, founded the third Chinese dynasty of Chow, which governed the empire for the long space of 867 years down to 266 B.C. During that protracted period there were necessarily good and bad emperors, and the Chow dynasty was rendered specially illustrious by the appearance of the great social and religious reformers, Laoutse, Confucius and Mencius, during the existence of its power.

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