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Shang Yang Reforms

Shang Yang (390-338 BC) was an important statesman of Qin in the Warring States Period of ancient China. It was he who enacted numerous reforms, and promoted Qin into a militarily powerful and strongly centralized state. Before Shang Yang’s arrival in 361 BC, Qin was a peripheral, backwards state. After Duke Xiao of Qin, ascended [...]

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Han Fei and His Thought

Han Fei (280-233BC), a native of the State of Han and a former student of Xun Zi, synthesized the thoughts of the Legalist School of the pre-Qin period. His doctrines served as the theoretical basis for the State of Qin’s unification of China and the establishment of a feudal and autocratic empire. Han Fei’s entire [...]

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