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On 15th November 1908 on her deathbed the Dowager Empress named young Aisin Gioro Puyi to inherit to the throne The son of the imprisoned emperors brother Puyi was only three years old at the time Foreigners were over powering China Qing dynasty 1 seemed to have reached its end Puyi was sent to live in the Forbidden City Zijincheng 2 now known as Tiananmen Square At the palace Puyi was able to receive everything he wanted The young emperor was being treated with great respect However Puyi was kept like a prisoner he had absolutely no freedom In 1911 a rebellion was held forcing Prince Chun Puyi to resign as a regent Yuan Shih-kai took over the control of Chinese government he wanted to be the ruler of the dynasty and also abdicate Puyi The Manchu Grand Council agreed they had no as they had no other choice Their power wasnt as strong as before and didnt have a decent ruler Puyi was still very young to make any grand decisions On 12th February 1912 the five-year old emperor renounced his throne In 1917 a warlord named Chang Hsun a Manchurian decided to help to restore Puyi to the throne His army surrounded Beijing Puyi was renounce as the emperor again However only six days later Puyi s restoration three bombs were being dropped on the Forbidden City Puyi s supporters abandoned him which meant once again he lost his throne The British Colonial Office Reginald Johnston became Puyis English tutor The emperor was strongly influenced by Johnston He had an attraction to Western things In 1924 Feng Yu-hsiang ordered his army to surround the Forbidden City He was both a Communist and a Christian and was an enemy of the Manchus Prince Chun was forced to leave the Forbidden City This meant Puyi regained his freedom and will be treated as an ordinary citizen A quote he spoke was I had no freedom
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