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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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Righteous Warfare

Righteous Warfare

Laying Siege to an Enemy in Disorder

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Conquer and Govern

Robin McNeal

University of Hawai'i Press

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.

Keywords:   righteous warfare, warfare, well-ordered state, civilizing force, sage heroes, Duke Huan, Zhou culture

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