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Author Shang, Yang, -338 B.C., author

Title The book of Lord Shang : apologetics of state power in early China / Shang Yang ; edited and translated by Yuri Pines
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 351 pages)
Series Translations from the Asian classics
Translations from the Asian classics.
Contents Part I: Introduction ; 1. Shang Yang and His Times ; 2. The Text: History, Dating, Style ; 3. The Ideology of the Total State ; 4. The Text's Reception and Impact ; Part II: The Book of Lord Shang ; Notes on Translation; 1. Revising the Laws; 2. Orders to Cultivate Wastelands; 3. Agriculture and Warfare; 4. Eliminating the Strong with 20. Weakening the People and 5. Explaining the People; 6. Calculating the Land; 7. Opening the Blocked; 8. Speaking of the One; 9. Implementing Laws ; 10. Methods of War
11. Establishing the Roots; 12. Military Defense; 13. Making Orders Strict; 14. Cultivation of Authority; 15. Attracting the People; 16. Essentials of Punishments; 17. Rewards and Punishments; 18. Charting the Policies; 19. Within the Borders; 21. Protecting from Robbers; 22. External and Internal; 23. Ruler and Ministers; 24. Interdicting and Encouraging; 25. Attention to Law; 26. Fixing Divisions; Fragment of "Six Laws"
Summary Compiled in China in the fourth-third centuries B.C.E., The Book of Lord Shang argues for a new powerful government to penetrate society and turn every man into a diligent tiller and valiant soldier. Creating a "rich state and a strong army" will be the first step toward unification of "All-under-Heaven." These ideas served the state of Qin that eventually created the first imperial polity on Chinese soil. In this new translation, The Book of Lord Shang's intellectual boldness and surprisingly modern-looking ideas shine through, underscoring the text's vibrant contribution to global political
Notes Translated from the Chinese
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on February 14, 2017)
Subject Philosophy, Chinese -- Early works to 1800.
Political science -- China -- Early works to 1800.
China -- Politics and government -- To 221 B.C. -- Early works to 1800.
Genre/Form Early works.
Form Electronic book
Author Pines, Yuri, translator, editor
LC no. 2016028594
ISBN 023154233X (electronic book)
9780231542333 (electronic book)
(hardcover) (alkaline paper)
Other Titles Shang jun shu. English