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Conquer and GovernEarly Chinese Military Texts from the Yi Zhou shu$
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Robin McNeal

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831202

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831202.001.0001

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Conquer and Govern

Conquer and Govern

Wen and Wu as a Conceptual Pair in Classical Chinese Thought

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Robin McNeal

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831202.003.0002

This chapter argues that the Zhou conquest of the Shang dynasty is the single most important historical event portrayed in classical and pre-classical Chinese texts. These written accounts considered the conquest as the moment that had created the Zhou political, social, and moral order; thus, lessons from this event were included in every lessons for rulership and sagehood. The annexation also depicted the coupling between the act of war and the cessation of all strife as well as the bloody overthrow of a corrupt ruling house and the establishment of a civil administration that settled the known world. The Zhou founders called this dual nature as the Civil and Martial Kings.

Keywords:   Zhou conquest, Shang dynasty, pre-classical Chinese texts, Martial Kings, Zhou founders

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