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Suny Chinese Philosophy and Culture: Sanctioned Violence in Early China (Paperback)

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This book provides new insight into the creation of the Chinese empire by examining the changing forms of permitted violence--warfare, hunting, sacrifice, punishments, and vengeance. It analyzes the interlinked evolution of these violent practices to reveal changes in the nature of political authority, in the basic units of social organization, and in the fundamental commitments of the ruling elite. The work offers a new interpretation of the changes that underlay the transformation of the Chinese polity from a league of city states dominated by aristocratic lineages to a unified, territorial state controlled by a supreme autocrat and his agents. In addition, it shows how a new pattern of violence was rationalized and how the Chinese of the period incorporated their ideas about violence into the myths and proto-scientific theories that provided historical and natural prototypes for the imperial state.

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Series Title
Suny Chinese Philosophy and Culture
Publisher
State University of New York Press
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
382
Author
Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Chinese Culture Mark Edward Lewis
ISBN-13
9780791400777
Publication Date
August, 1989
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
0791400778

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