Mark Edward Lewis
Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr (March 1990)
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This publication offers new perception into the construction of the chinese language empire via studying the altering types of authorized violence--warfare, looking, sacrifice, punishments, and vengeance. It analyzes the interlinked evolution of those violent practices to bare alterations within the nature of political authority, within the uncomplicated devices of social association, and within the basic commitments of the ruling elite. The paintings bargains a brand new interpretation of the alterations that underlay the transformation of the chinese language polity from a league of urban states ruled by way of aristocratic lineages to a unified, territorial country managed via a perfect autocrat and his brokers. additionally, it exhibits how a brand new trend of violence used to be rationalized and the way the chinese language of the interval included their principles approximately violence into the myths and proto-scientific theories that supplied old and average prototypes for the imperial nation.