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Unformatted text preview: was little need for either the strict rule of law or an explicit social contract. B. Sinocentrism-Self-centered mentality made China feel no need to strenghten its military power, technological renovation, and commercial development. The Causes of the Decline of Middle Kingdom C. The Structure of Gentry Hegemony -The local gentrys economic, political, and cultural power-It effectively undercut the development of any forces that rivaled its power.-In particular, the gentry were able to prevent the rise of an independent bourgeoisie from among Chinese merchants....
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