9-29 The Eastern, Han Society and Culture

9-29 The Eastern, Han Society and Culture - Greg J....

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Greg J. Gallagher 29 September 2006 The Easter (Latter Half) Han Society and Culture 1) Confucianism and the Bureaucracy, the making of “History” a) Han Patronage of Confucianism— Dong Zhongshu b) “Official” Confucianism and the state i) The Imperial University ii) Mastery and Canonization of the “Five Classics” : (1) The Analects (Sayings of Confucius) (2) The Book of Documents (3) Spring and Autumn Annals (4) The Book of Changes (Yi Ching) (5) The Book of Ceremonials (Rites) iii) Commoners that go through this system they can become a high ranking official c) Sima Qian and the Practice of History i) Wrote a book called “The Records of the Grand Historian” ii) You can write things out of history if you’re the one writing about it iii) Was employed by Wu and The Han (1) Was castrated because he was writing an accurate history 2) Wang Mang and the End of the Western (Former) Han a) Conditions in the countryside i) Concentration of wealth ii) 10% tax on grain iii) Exploitation gives rise to increasing social tensions (Brown 72-73)
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