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China 1. Political a. Neo-Confucian Society—“the middle kingdom” middles of the universe nowhere else mattered i. Confucius 551-478 BC ii. Ionization —China was a magnet and the rest of the world would gravitate to it and the Chinese should not want to leave iii. Tribute system—gifts and loyalty of other nations iv. Chinese thought time moved in a circle of 5 stages 1. Ruler present himself to people with evidence of the mandate of heaven 2. Ruler would inaugurate a new government, keep the people safe and fed (the best time) 3. Devendants of ruler forget mandate become distant from the people 4. Chaos ensues i.e. famine, draught, attack, natural disaster 5. Repeat stage 1 b. Filial Piety—“loyalty of sons” life on earth would be like heaven if order was always maintained i. People should not think about god ii. Always follow the ruler “let a son always be a son to his father” iii. The ruler sat at the top of Chinese society—never challenged by those below iv. Kow-Tow —ambassadors get on knees in front of new emperor to demonstrate filial piety c. The emperor could only command respect if they could provide evidence
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