Witchcraft and the Rise of the First Confucian Empire Liang Cai

ISBN: 9781438448497

Published: February 28th 2014

Hardcover

276 pages


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Witchcraft and the Rise of the First Confucian Empire  by  Liang Cai

Witchcraft and the Rise of the First Confucian Empire by Liang Cai
February 28th 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 276 pages | ISBN: 9781438448497 | 9.28 Mb

When did Confucianism become the reigning political ideology of imperial China? A pervasive narrative holds it was during the reign of Emperor Wu of the Han dynasty (141 87 BCE). In this book, Liang Cai maintains that such a date would have been tooMoreWhen did Confucianism become the reigning political ideology of imperial China? A pervasive narrative holds it was during the reign of Emperor Wu of the Han dynasty (141 87 BCE). In this book, Liang Cai maintains that such a date would have been too early and provides a new account of this transformation.

A hidden narrative in Sima Qian s The Grand Scribe s Records (Shi ji) shows that Confucians were a powerless minority in the political realm of this period. Cai argues that the notorious witchcraft scandal of 91 87 BCE reshuffled the power structure of the Western Han bureaucracy and provided Confucians an opportune moment to seize power, evolve into a new elite class, and set the tenor of political discourse for centuries to come.



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