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The Book Of The Young Master Of Accountancy

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The "Jinizi neijing" is among the earliest surviving ancient Chinese economic texts. This chapter of the Yuejue shu is one of only two designated as a neijing. This designation reflects its great importance in the development of early Chinese economic thought, and perhaps also the care taken to transmit the text. The "Book of the Young Master of Accountancy" is the earliest surviving text to articulate many theories that were later developed by other ancient Chinese economic thinkers. It describes the way in which the ruler of an ancient kingdom could enrich his state, but this increase in wealth is not intended to benefit his people, it is meant to enable the ruler to undertake prolonged wars of conquest. The explicit aim of all of this attention to the economic situation in Yue is the conquest of the state of Wu.

Keywords: Jinizi neijing; Wu; Yue; Yuejue shu



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