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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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Dating and Language of the Military Chapters of the Yi Zhou shu

Dating and Language of the Military Chapters of the Yi Zhou shu

(p.136) 5 Dating and Language of the Military Chapters of the Yi Zhou shu
Conquer and Govern

Robin McNeal

University of Hawai'i Press

This concluding chapter expounds on the study in Chapter 4, and asserts that the preface to Yi Zhou shu demonstrates that the book's chapters 6 through 10 were composed during the reign of King Wen, in the decades leading up to the Zhou conquest of the Shang. In relation to this, the earliest possible date of the preface itself is at precisely when the various texts collected together in the book were first strung together into one more-or-less chronological work. That date must have occurred sometime between the late third and the end of the second century BCE, since several chapters of the work are clearly quite late.

Keywords:   Yi Zhou shu, King Wen, Zhou conquest

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