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Divided by a Common LanguageFactional Conflict in Late Northern Song China$
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Ari Daniel Levine

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832667

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832667.001.0001

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The Rhetoric of Politics and the Politics of Rhetoric

The Rhetoric of Politics and the Politics of Rhetoric

(p.1) Chapter One The Rhetoric of Politics and the Politics of Rhetoric
Divided by a Common Language

Ari Daniel Levine

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter provides an overview of book's main themes. This book demonstrates how and why members of the sociopolitical elite of the late Northern Song, in their public role as imperial bureaucrats, employed a shared discourse of authority that imagined political authority from the imperial court's perspective and almost unequivocally condemned ministerial factions as disloyal and treacherous. By focusing on the politics of factional theory and rhetoric, it hopes to elucidate the linkages between Northern Song political and intellectual history, by explaining how conflicting factionalists could share a common language of faction. It analyzes the political writings of such intellectual and literary luminaries as Ouyang Xiu, Wang Anshi, Sima Guang, Su Shi, Cheng Yi, and many others in an effort to reconstruct the intellectual contexts within which ministers produced faction theory and factional rhetoric.

Keywords:   Northern Song, sociopolitical elite, China imperial bureaucrats, political authority, faction theory, faction rhetoric

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