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Ignacio's research centers on political writings of pre-modern Chinese theorists from the Han (202 BCE-220 CE) to the Tang (618-906).Theoretical reflections upon the workings of the imperial bureaucracy allow us to explore political concerns through the categories present in indigenous political discourse, which contemplates the following questions: Should China exist as a centralized political entity, or would the population be better served by a system of decentralized, local rule? What system better guarantees frontier defense and the suppression of local insurrections? What institutions would maximize the interests of the local population without undermining political cohesiveness and unity? What is remarkable about these debates is not so much their longevity or the mere fact of their existence, but rather their theoretical sophistication. Chinese political theorists brought to their analyses of empire a solid grasp of historical institutions and a keen understanding of the dynamics of imperial rule.
Asian Languages & Cultures
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