The Resilience of China


2023-09-14 12:00

Li Yonggang

Title: The Resilience of China

Press: New World Press

ISBN: 9787510473791

Author: Li Yonggang



Chapter One: Chinese and Western Civilizations: Concentric Circles and Jigsaws 001

1.1  Division vs. Unification

1.2  The West: Oceans and Centrifugal Forces

1.3  China: Farming and Centripetal Forces

1.4  Concentric Circles vs. Jigsaws

Chapter Two: From the Shang Dynasty to the Zhou Dynasty: Retreat of Shangdi and Prominence of “Virtues” 013

2.1 Yin Shang: The Rapid Demise of a Powerful Dynasty

2.2 Shangdi: Sources of Shang’s Destiny of Heaven

2.3 VirtueDiscovery of the Zhou Dynasty

2.4 People-oriented: Essence of the Rule by Virtue

2.5 The Patriarchal Clan System: Maintaining Stability of the Political Community

2.6 Feudalism: Initial Construction of a Large Country

2.7 The Tianxia System and Civilization of Rituals and Music

2.8 The Tianxia System vs. Greek City-State Politics

Chapter Three: From the Zhou Dynasty to the Qin and Han Dynasties: Failure of Feudalism and Establishment of Counties 045

3.1 Total Collapse of Feudal Order

3.2 Background of Contention of a Hundred Schools of Thought: Centralization of Power and Escalation of War

3.3 Confucius: The Restoration of Rituals and Music, and Cultivation of Scholars (I)

3.4 Confucius: The Concentric Circles Structure of Benevolence (II)

3.5 Mozi: Equal Love and Organizational Building

3.6 Laozi: Self-control of Power

3.7 Legalism: Strict “Performance Management”

3.8 The Qin Dynasty: The First Unified State with a System of Prefectures and Counties

3.9 The Systematic Process of “Great Unification”

3.10 The Han Dynasty: Dong Zhongshu and Prevalence of Confucianism

3.11 Development of Enlightenment and Cultivation of Customs

3.12 Integration Degree: Qin and Han Dynasties vs. the Roman Empire

Chapter Four: Changes between the Tang and Song Dynasties: End of Influential Clan Society and Rise of Civilian Society 101

4.1 Rise of Influential Clan Society and Its Influence

4.2 Wei, Jin, Southern, and Northern Dynasties: Era of Great Division

4.3 Sui and Tang Dynasties: Integrating Grassland and Farming

4.4 The “Terminator” of Influential Clan Society: The Imperial Examination System

4.5 Scholar-officials and Emperor Ruling Country Together

4.6 Third-party Observations on the Imperial Examination System

4.7 Neo-Confucianism in the Song Dynasty and Reorganization of Civilian Society

4.8 The Ming Dynasty under the Early Modern World System

Chapter FiveFrom the Yuan to Qing Dynasties: An Era into “Great China” 155

5.1 South-North Relations: Farming and Nomadism

5.2 Great Contribution of Nomadic People

5.3 The Yuan Dynasty: The “Great China” Era Opened in Full Swing

5.4 The Ming Dynasty: Maintenance and Deepening of “Great China”

5.5 The Qing Dynasty: Full Integration of “Great China”

5.6 Different Fates of the Qing Dynasty and Two Contemporaneous Empires

Summary 189

Postscript 207



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