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Envisioning Eternal Empire: Chinese Political Thought of the Warring States Era

Yuri Pines


This book looks into the reasons for the exceptional durability of the Chinese empire, which lasted for more than two millennia (221 BCE–1911 CE). It identifies the roots of the empire's longevity in the activities of thinkers of the Warring States period (453–221 BCE). The Chinese empire was envisioned long before it came into being: as a result, it was not only a military and administrative construct, but also an intellectual one. The book argues that it was its ideological appeal that allowed the survival and regeneration of the empire after repeated periods of turmoil. Analysis of the poli ... More

Keywords: Chinese empire, Warring States period, preimperial polity, imperial polity, corrupt rulers, universal monarch, China, political culture, political system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832759
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832759.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yuri Pines, author
Hebrew University of Jerusalem