A History of China by J. A. G. Roberts (auth.)

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6 Confucius constantly emphasized the importance of education and of self-cultivation, and thus established a respect for book-learning which was to last throughout the imperial period. Self-cultivation was not only a matter of scholarship, it was also a commitment to learning how to behave. The essential quality was jen, a term often translated as benevolence, but which also connoted dealing with other human beings as a man ideally should. ' Confucius believed strongly in the importance of ritual and ceremony and in the value of politeness and good manners.

At this point he and Liu Bang fell out and over the next four years they fought a series of campaigns, in which Liu Bang was often defeated, but nevertheless his reputation for moderation earned him the support of a number of the feudal lords. In 202 Be, after Liu Bang had gained a decisive victory at Gaixia in modern Anhui, Xiang Yu was captured and killed. Liu Bang, who had adopted the title of King of Han, now assumed the style of huangdi or sovereign emperor, and used the name of his state as the title of the new dynasty.

Long before the fall of the Shang, the Zhou had emerged as a powerful state somewhat to the west of the main centre of Shang activities. The origin of the Zhou people is not clear. According to Mencius, a disciple of Confucius, 'King Wen was a Western barbarian' ,I and some support in the past has been given to the theory that the Zhou were of Turkish origin. However, there is no linguistic evidence to indicate that they came from far afield. A more plausible theory suggests that they originated in the Fen valley in Shanxi, and later migrated to the Wei valley in Shaanxi, to the west of Xi'an.

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