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Kao-tsu

temple name (miaohao) of the founder and first emperor of the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), under which the Chinese imperial system assumed most of the characteristics that it was to retain until it was overthrown in 1911/12. He reigned from 206 to 195 BC. His wife, the empress Gaohou (reigned 188-180 BC), became the first female ruler of China.

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