By Robin McNeal

China’s Warring States period (ca. 5th–3rd century BCE) was once the surroundings for an explosion of textual creation, and essentially the most subtle and enduring genres of writing from this era used to be the army textual content. Social and political alterations have been pushed largely by way of the expanding scope and scale of conflict, and a few of the easiest minds of the day (including Sunzi, whose Art of War continues to be extensively learn) committed their realization to the systematic research of all elements taken with waging warfare. Conquer and Govern makes to be had for the 1st time in any Western language a corpus of army texts from a protracted ignored Warring States compendium of old, political, army, and formality writings referred to as the Yi Zhou shu, or rest of the Zhou Documents.

The texts articulate concretely and vividly the connection among army conquest of an enemy and incorporation of conquered territories into one’s civilian executive, expressed dynamically during the paired chinese language inspiration of wen and wu, the civil and the martial. Exploring this conceptual dyad because it developed around the Warring States period into the early Western Han (ca. 2nd–1st century BCE) offers another view of the social and highbrow background of classical China—one established no longer totally on philosophical works yet on a fancy array of ideological writings interested in the simply, potent, and acceptable use of nation strength. moreover, this learn provides a cautious reconstruction of the poetic constitution of those texts; analyzes their position within the broader discourse on conflict and governance in early China; introduces the various textual content ancient difficulties of the Yi Zhou shu itself; and gives a man-made research of early chinese language wondering struggle, technique, and the early state’s use of coercive power.

Conquer and Govern will discover a prepared viewers between experts and scholars of chinese language philosophy and heritage, quite these attracted to the background of army idea and perform, and comparative philosophy.

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