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History 280, 2016 East Asia to 1500 CE Class 7 Ryan Dunch Department of History and Classics University of Alberta
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Chinese civilization pre-Qin Normative value of the past (even those who rejected it framed their position by it) Supreme importance of ruler (sage rulers, or legalist rulers, even wicked ones) State exists for people, or people for state? Roles for educated men – what’s the point of learning? Virtue? Putting world in order The virtuous minister – models? Qu Yuan 屈原 of Chu state, c. 340–278 BCE Loyal official, suicide in protest at corruption Book Chuci 楚辭 and long poem Li sao 離騷 Dragon boats, zongzi 粽子
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Qin shihuang 秦始皇 Uniqueness of Qin empire – a new kind of state, ending centuries of division Sets up some of the enduring dichotomies within Chinese civilization: Confucian vs. legalist, civil vs. military, virtuous minister vs. bureaucrat Centralized rule – land, elites, ideas Aristocrats and their lands Scholars and their books, 213 BCE
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  • Spring '14
  • Han Dynasty, Qin Shihuang, Qin shihuang 秦始皇, virtuous minister, Qu Yuan 屈原, Han historical writing

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