Sanctioned Violence In Early China / Edition 1

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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 c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791400777
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/1989
  • Series: Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents



The Social Uses of Violence
Sanctioned Violence and the Warring States Transition

1. The Warrior Aristocracy

Warfare and Sacrifice
The Segmentary Aristocracy
Warfare and Honor
Blood Covenants

2. The Warring State

Warfare and the Warring State
Oaths and Sacrifice
Vengeance and Collective Punishments

3. The Art of Command

The Commander and Texts
The Commander and the Army
The Commander and Battle
The Commander and the Ruler

4. Cosmic Violence

The Calendar of Violence
Cosmic Kickball
Imperial Hunts and Animal Combats
Feats of Strength and sorcery

5. 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

6. The Natural Philosophy of Violence

Qi in Man and Nature
Qi and Violence
The Sage Commander
The Socialization of Qi



Works Cited


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