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Xun Xu's First Posts, Ca. 248–265

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This chapter focuses on several ways by which the political landscape of the 240s through 250s affected careers in Luoyang. The two Xuns, Xu and Yi, were cooperative during the Wei, were not overtly military until the 250s when Xun Yi made contributions to Sima strategy, and they were a family that possessed skill and learning in the court rituals. This made them able to mitigate any Cao Shuang taint and be seen as exuding the right kind of ardor. Xun Xus very first post-249 position was as Prefect serving outside of Luoyang, probably in the near south. The chapter shows how the two great policy struggles of the 270s-80s may have had ad hominem roots already in the mid-260s. One of the most important things to take from the consideration of factions is that they were malleable and could be paradoxical.

Keywords: Cao Shuang; Luoyang; political taint; Xun Xu; Xun Yi



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