Saturday, November 13, 2010

I always like a little dry humor mixed in with my history reading...

...and this, from John King Fairbank's China, will do quite well:
The central myth of the Confucian state was that the ruler's exemplary and benevolent conduct manifesting his personal virtue () drew the people to him and gave him the Mandate. This could be said as long as rebels could be suppressed, preferably by decapitation.


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