Tag Archives: Reform

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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Guan Zhong

Guan Zhong is a well-known historical politician in the Spring and Autumn Period. Over two thousand years ago, Duke Huan of the State of Qi became the first super-duke. Before becoming duke of the state, Guan Zhong has been the aide to a rival prince, and almost killed Huan with an arrow during battle. Even [...]

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Reigns of Wen & Jing

When the emperors Wen and Jing in the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-8AD) came into power, they went on with more moderate and humane policies carried by Emperor Gaozu. Historical records show that during their reigns the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD) prospered. Untroubled by wars or natural disasters, people lived in peace. This resulted in an increase [...]

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