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News Display: Last Emperor of China Abdicates

With the establishment of provincial government in China came the abdication on February 12, 1912 of Hsian-T'ung, the last emperor of China. The republican revolution, with the abdication, served to end 2,000 years of imperial rule, and over 260 years of Manchurian rule.

Changing his name to Henry Pu Yi, the former child emperor was allowed to reside in the imperial palace. He was exiled in 1924, but a decade later assumed the throne as s K'ang Te, emperor of Manchukuo, a puppet state in Japan. The Manchukuo emperor was returned to China, later imprisoned for war crimes, granted amnesty by Mao Zedong, and pardoned in 1959.

Stories about the last emperor of China will illuminate cultural and historical context with the emergence of the Republic of China.

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