During this period, the general's name was established mainly to serve the imperial power. It often happened at the beginning of the new emperor's term of office. The military power was not in the hands of the emperor himself, and the emperor could not directly deprive the old ministers of the military power, so he simply set up a new position in various names outside the original general's office. The purpose of this is to gradually override the old ministers and take control of military power. Take the establishment of General Wei mentioned above as an example:
Generations of monarchy change and constant power struggle, so that the original simple military officer position of general, gradually worn out, gave birth to a lot of dazzling miscellaneous generals, which was most prevalent in the Southern and Northern Dynasties. It not only has a variety of names, but also often disappears after being used. According to incomplete statistics, 361 generals of all kinds were sealed up in the Liang Dynasty alone, including more than 100 overseas generals.
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Therefore, in order to distinguish them in history, they will be collectively referred to as miscellaneous generals except the general, the general on horseback, the general on bicycle, the general on guard and the general on four expeditions (the general on east, the general on south, the general on West and the general on north, similar below), the general on four towns, the general on Sian and the general on siping).
So that in the Tang and Song Dynasties, the number of miscellaneous generals decreased sharply and returned to normal. But in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the name of general gradually became an honorary title, even the palace warriors were called generals.
For example, in the system of imperial titles in the Qing Dynasty, Zhenguo General, Fu Guo General, Feng Guo General and Feng En General were the titles of several titles at the end of the Qing Dynasty. In addition, the general was also the name of the top commander of the Eight Banners Army stationed all over the country, but with the degeneration of the Eight Banners'children in the late Qing Dynasty, the power gradually shrank.