Lv's commentaries of History

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Language: English
Format: Papercover
Page: 367
Publication Date: 07/2010
ISBN: 9787119060088
The book Lv's Commentaries of History was compiled by Lv Buwei, the Prime Minister of the state of Qin, near the end of the Warring States Period(475-221 B.C.), a period of chaotic wars between rival states. As the state of Qin was growing increasingly more powerful and had won many victorious battles against other states, it became clear that the whole country was about to be unified under the Qin empire. The purpose of compiling the book was to provide a guide to goverment for the future Qin ruler. It was a period when the Confucian, Taoist, Moist and Legalist schools of thought prevailed. But instead of following any paticular school of thought, Lv adopted what was useful and rejected what was harmful from the various schools of thought.
Table of Contents
Part One Records
I.Records of Early Spring
Early Spring
The Foundation of Life
Attaching Importance to Self
Attaching Importance to Impartiality
Doing Away with Selfishness

II.Records of Mid-Sprig
Valuing Life
Dyeing Properly

III.Records of Late spring
Late Spring
Completing the Natural Span of Life
Beginning with Self
Judging a Person
The Circular Way

IV.Records of Early Summer
Early Summer
Encouraging Learning
Respecting the Teacher
Misleading Students
Relying on the Multitude

V.Records of Mid.Summer
Great Music
Extravagant Music
Harmonious Music
Ancient Music

VI.Records of Late Summer
Late Summer
Musical Pitches
The Origin of Music
Composing Music
Knowing the Reason

VII.Records of Early Autumn
Early Autumn
Fighting Wars
Clearing Away Confusion
Preventing Blockage
Possessing a Loving Heart

ⅥII.Records of Mid-Autumn
On Power
Choosing the Best
Deciding Victory
Loving the People

IX.Records of Late Autumn
Late Autumn
Complying with the Will of the People
Knowing the Scholars
Examining Oneself
Communion of Vital Energy

X.Records of Early Winter
Early Winter
Preventing Funeral Excesses
Giving Peace to the Dead
Different Treasures
Difference in the use of Things

XI.Records of Mid.Winter
The Utmost Loyalty
Loyalty and Selflessness
Conforming to the Actual Situation
To Be Farsighted

XII.Records of Late Winter
Late Winter
The Integrity of Scholars
The Deepest Sincerity

Part Two View$
I.Views on the Beginning
The Beginning
Communion Between the Same Kind
Freeing Oneself from Bias
Listening to Opinions
Listening Carefully
Attending to the Basics
Aiming High

II.Views on Filial Piety
Filial Piety
Original Flavors
Biding One's Time
Giving Fair Reward
To Be Successful
Importance of Human Factors
Meeting the Right Person
Relying on Oneself

III.Views on Caution Against Greatness
Caution Against Greatness
Weighing the Advantages
Courtesy Toward Virtue and Learning
Smooth Persuasion
Never Relaxing One's Own Efforts
The Importance of Objective Conditions
Studying the Present

IV.Views on Foresight
Surveying the World
The Reach of Intelligence
Enjoying Success
Studying Detail
Rooting Out Bias
V.Views on Division of D
VI.Views on Careful Response
VII.Views on Rising Above the Worldly
III.Views on Being a Ruler
Part There Comments
I.Comments on the Beginning Spring
II.Comments on Cautious Conduct
III.Comments on Valuing Forthright Words
IV.Comments on Discretion
V.Comments on Being Seemingly Right
VI.Comments on a Scholar's Style
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Lv's commentaries of History