While not an expert, I am far more comfortable with classical Chinese history than are most Westerners. It is my belief that the words of the Zuo Zhuan and Sima Qian are of the same value as those found in the annals of Tacitus and or the accounts of Thucydides. If popular interests exists, I would be glad to devote a series of posts to the notable ideas, men, military stratagems, and political machinations of China’s classical canon.
Rufus F, of the League of Ordinary Gentleman, has written an interesting post on the Confucian way of politics. Its centerpiece is a lengthy excerpt from a previous discussion in which this author took part. Those interested in a few of my thoughts concerning the Chinese political order circa 450 BC are encouraged to read Rufus’ post.