Joseph Siu Kam-wah (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Abstract: This paper analyzes the social, political, economic and strategical importance of Sanfu, the western metropolitan area in the Eastern Han Empire, and the governance of Sanfu and the role of Jingzhao Yin, the western metropolitan governor in the Eastern Han bureaucracy. It illustrates that Jingzhao Yin effectively performed the basic duties of prefectural magistrate (Jun Shou) and minister of principalities (Guo Xiang) and other significant duties as well as ad hoc tasks. Jingzhao Yin maintained close relationships with the emperor, the local power and gentry as well as the Confucian scholars. Jingzhao Yin played an active role in the governance of the western metropolitan area and national defense, diplomacy as well as the central politics. Therefore, Jingzhao Yin still kept the status of the metropolitan governor and had the characters of both the central official and local official to a certain extent in the Eastern Han like the Western Han.
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