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This hugely revered textual content demonstrates how the govt. of China,the world's so much populous country, has been considerably plagued by makes an attempt to harmonize the original nature of its indigenous tradition with a number of impacts and concepts from the skin world.

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China’s Political System: Modernization and Tradition

This hugely revered textual content demonstrates how the govt of China,the world's such a lot populous country, has been considerably laid low with makes an attempt to harmonize the original nature of its indigenous tradition with a number of affects and concepts from the surface global.

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There were also a large number of concubines, who similarly tried to advance themselves and their families through using their charms on the emperor. Providing the emperor with an heir was an excellent way to enhance one's status in court, although it often caused problems for one's relationships with the empress and with other concubines. There was also typically a large eunuch population within the palace compound. In order to make sure that the imperial sons and heirs were really the children of the emperor, only eunuchs were permitted in the parts of the palace where women lived.

It was, of course, never possible to enforce these laws completely. Nor was punishment ever completely done away with, even for high-ranking officials. There are instances of ministers being put to death, possibly on the reasoning that if their conduct was too outrageous, they could not be treated as gentlemen anymore. More commonly, however, officials who fell from favor were dismissed and sent to posts on the periphery of the empire, which presumably minimized the harm they could do. As mentioned previously, there were also ways to suggest that an official commit suicide-which he generally did.

Mo Zi was greatly honored in his day, and his teachings were no less influential than those of Confucius. D. A third school, the Daoists, believed (and still do believe, since the school has a number of adherents even today) that a well-ordered society must be in harmony with The Way (dao). They hold that nature dictates all and that the way to order life is to do nothing contrary to nature. Striving for power and material goods is to be eschewed, as is travel: The key to understanding The Way is within 30 CHINA'S POLITICAL SYSTEM oneself.

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