DetailsThe 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.
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Sample Pages PreviewPhilistine rulers who did not control their sentiments appropriately perished in rapid succession．Because the desires of meir ears，eyes and mouth could not be satisfied，their bodies sweued，their muscles hardened．their blood circulat．ion was blocked and their nine openings”were depleted and could not function normally．Even if Peng Zu“were alive， he Would have been powerless to save them．With regard to material thines，the philistine rulers always sought after things that could not be obtained and nursed desires that could not be satisfied．In doing so，they totally destroyed the foundation of hfe．caused people to become dissatisfied and complain，and made formidable enemies．They were willful， changeable and constanty wavering；they flaunted their powers，played tricks and were crafty at heart；they were slow in practising virtue and rigteousness and quick in doing evil and seeking selfish gains．Even though they became remorseful when they found themselves in a woeful predicament，it was too late．They were close to the ctafty ones and alienated themselves from those who were upright，and thus brought their countries to a dangerous situation．When they became remorseful of t11eir past mistakes．there was already no way to save them．They became alarmed when they were told about she situation，but still did not know what had caused it．