Laying Siege to an Enemy in Disorder
This chapter focuses on the concept of “righteous warfare.” According to this notion, warfare is considered as homologous with punitive measures taken against criminals, differing only in scale. It emphasizes a well-ordered state by considering that conquest should be a civilizing force. On that note, the motivation of legendary sage heroes in conducting their military tasks was to exemplify this goal. For instance, by claiming to uphold and enhance the imaginary power of an impotent Zhou king, Duke Huan earned a reputation for exercising his state's military power for moral goals, bolstering the civilizing influence of Zhou culture.
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