This text discusses the Chinese Legalists, an ancient school of Chinese philosophy which flourished during the Period of the Hundred Contending Schools 6th 3rd century B.C.E The school perfected the science of government and art of statecraft to a level that would have greatly impressed Machiavelli This period and its personalities, as well as a taste of the style and spirit of the Legalists discourse, are made accessible to the student and general reader, placing into focus the roots of the great Chinese philosophy as statecraft tradition The Legalists most famously Li Kui, Shang Yang, Shen Buhai, Shen Dao, and Han Fei had a great impact not only on the institutions and practices of Chinese imperial tradition but also on the Maoist totalitarianism of the People s Republic of China....
|Title||:||China's Legalists: The Earliest Totalitarians and Their Art of Ruling|
|Publisher||:||Routledge 1 edition April 2, 1996|
|Number of Pages||:||176 pages|
|File Size||:||983 KB|
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China's Legalists: The Earliest Totalitarians and Their Art of Ruling Reviews
Essential reading for anyone interested in discovering the history and methods of Chinese political science for the past two millennia. Yes, the Chinese have practiced totalitarian government for thousands of years, the only change being the new names developed for government control over society. The new Chinese emperor is called "president for life" but he has the same powers that the old emperors possessed - with the same methods of control. The Chinese today monitor all aspects of private life, not just on the Internet - they manage a national informers network; have eliminated all freedom of conscience, thought and assembly; there is no due process or an independent judiciary; and the Communist government continues a policy of imperialism against its Asian neighbors.
The book describes a government system that was developed and implemented by emperor Qin Shihuang and his Prime Minister LI Si in 211 BC. Qin Shihuang was the emperor that conquered all other states that ended the Warring States Period that lasted from 401 - 221 BC. The emperor would not have succeeded with his victories without applying the Legalist system Legalism is not only a theory, it was implemented.
For Western audiences who are familiar with Machiavelli, Han Fei zi and his fellow Legalists can be considered to be more Machiavellian then Machiavelli, but 2000 years before `The Prince', the Legalists were already consolidating their influence and turning words into action in ancient China's imperial courts. The `realpolitik' influence of the Legalists survives to this day, which sheds valuable light on the pragmatic approaches of modern day Chinese politics.