The Gov­ern­ing Prin­ci­ples of An­cient China

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Ed­i­tor’s note: This is an ex­tract from The Gov­ern­ing Prin­ci­ples of An­cient China, based on 360 pas­sages ex­cerpted from the orig­i­nal com­pi­la­tion ti­tled Qun­shu Zhiyao, or The Com­pi­la­tion of Books and Writ­ings on Im­por­tant Gov­ern­ing Prin­ci­ples. Com­mis­sioned by Em­peror Tang Taizong of the Tang Dy­nasty in the sev­enth cen­tury, the book con­tains ad­vice, meth­ods and his­tor­i­cal notes on the suc­cesses and fail­ures of the im­pe­rial gov­ern­ments of China. To­day it con­tin­ues to be rel­e­vant as a source of in­spi­ra­tion for self-im­prove­ment, fam­ily man­age­ment and in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tions.

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