Sanctioned Violence in Early China

ISBN-10: 0791400778

ISBN-13: 9780791400777

Edition: 1990

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Description: Reinterprets the transformation of China (in the fifth to third centuries B.C.) from a league of city states to a unified, autocratic state by examining the changing forms of permitted violence in warfare, hunting, sacrifice, punishment, and vengeance. Also describes the new pattern of violence and its place in the myths and theories that rationalized political authority, social organization, and the values of the ruling elite. Paper edition (unseen), $21.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 8/15/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 382
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Mark Edward Lewis is Kwoh-Ting Li Professor in Chinese Culture at Stanford University.

Preface
Introduction
The Social Uses of Violence
Sanctioned Violence and the Warring States Transition
The Warrior Aristocracy
Warfare and Sacrifice
The Segmentary Aristocracy
Warfare and Honor
Blood Covenants
Conclusion
The Warring State
Warfare and the Warring State
Oaths and Sacrifice
Vengeance and Collective Punishments
Conclusion
The Art of Command
The Commander and Texts
The Commander and the Army
The Commander and Battle
The Commander and the Ruler
Conclusion
Cosmic Violence
The Calendar of Violence
Cosmic Kickball
Imperial Hunts and Animal Combats
Feats of Strength and sorcery
Conclusion
The Social History of Violence
The Myths of the Sage-Kings
The Yellow Emperor and his Adversaries
The Myths and the New Year Festivals
The Violence of Beasts and Men
Myths of Sacrifice and Heaven's Mandate
Conclusion
The Natural Philosophy of Violence
Qi in Man and Nature
Qi and Violence
The Sage Commander
The Socialization of Qi
Conclusion
Conclusion
Notes
Works Cited
Index
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