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Resource Raising: Uniqueness of China
Resource raising: Uniqueness of China

Imperial dynasts through history have been generally skilled in the use of war in state formation and maintenance. Empires were not created by the cultivation of virtue, any cultural orientation to political order or ideological pleas for ethnic unity; they were created by decades of war and political strife.1 Chinese history was, among other things, a long struggle to attain—and recurring to regain—political unity; the classic cycle as for a strong man to win control of all China by military means and to pass his leadership on to his eldest son. The vigour of the founding emperor and often the consolidating successes of his son, established a pattern of dynastic institutions that stabilised the nation and ...

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