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Tension And Balance: Changes Of Constitutional Schemes In Southern Song Commentaries On The Rituals Of Zhou

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This chapter discusses some common political orientations found in Southern Song commentaries. Through comparative analysis of commentarial writings on the Rituals of Zhou, it also analyzes changes in the way the Western Zhou government was viewed during the two halves of the Song. Wang Anshi took a big stride into the realm of political theory by moving away from the textual tradition of Zheng Xuan and reinterpreting the Rituals of Zhou as a constitutional text. Wang's argumentative style came to full flower in Southern Song commentaries, but the conclusion these later writers drew from the Rituals was fundamentally different from Wang Anshi's.

Keywords: Rituals of Zhou; Southern Song Commentaries; Wang Anshi; Zheng Xuan



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