尚书

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Originally, the person in this position was a lowly clerk, responsible for drafting and editing imperial decrees on behalf of the emperor. Later on, the person in this position became more like a chief of staff who handled all aspects of governance on behalf of the emperor.

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尚书

  1. (archaic) position title: secretary; chief of staff

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尚书

  1. The Classic of History, a collection of documents and speeches alleged to have been written by rules and officials of the early Zhou Dynasty and before.

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