Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook, 2nd Ed by Patricia Buckley Ebrey

By Patricia Buckley Ebrey

The traditional for supplementary texts in chinese language heritage classes. Now newly increased with extra fabric. provides own files, social files, legislation and records that historians frequently forget about. much more important than its now vintage predecessor.

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Even the relationship between lord and peasant was supposed to be a paternalistic one, the peasant serving the lord and the lord concerned about his welfare. , the capital was sacked by non-Chinese tribes. The Zhou rulers then established a new capital further east in the Yellow River valley, marking the beginning of the Eastern Zhou. In this period real political power lay with the feudal states. The Zhou king continued to reign only because of the prestige of his house and the fact that no one feudal state was strong enough to dominate the others.

In the days of the second we assemble To practice the military arts. We keep for ourselves the young boars And give to the lord the old ones. In the fifth month the locusts move their legs. In the sixth month the grasshoppers shake their wings. In the seventh month, the insects are out in the meadows. In the eighth month, they are under the roof. In the ninth month, they are at the door. In the tenth month, the crickets are under our beds. We stop up the holes to smoke out the rats. We seal the northern window and plaster shut the door.

In the eighth month the crops are gathered, In the tenth month the leaves fall. In the days of the first we hunt badgers. We catch foxes and wildcats. We make furs for the lord’s son. In the days of the second we assemble To practice the military arts. We keep for ourselves the young boars And give to the lord the old ones. In the fifth month the locusts move their legs. In the sixth month the grasshoppers shake their wings. In the seventh month, the insects are out in the meadows. In the eighth month, they are under the roof.

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